The Most Dangerous Game Literary Analysis

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Humans are unique species because they have courage, cunning, and possess the ability to reason. Other animal species only follow their instinct, thus making them less clever. In Richard Connell’s short story “The Most Dangerous Game”, it tells the story of a hunter named Rainsford who got stranded on Ship-Trap Island. He was hunted by Zaroff, but Rainsford killed Zaroff in the end. In “The Most Dangerous Game”, Richard Connell used symbolism, symbolism, and characterization to suggest that although humans possess the ability to reason, there is a greater use of instinct.
The feeling of being stressed is caused when the body perceives a threat. During this time, the mind relies on reflexes to aid the body in the flight-or-fight response.
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This feeling allows someone to focus their attention on themselves rather than other matters. In Connell’s “The Most Dangerous Game” the author used symbolism to imply that have the ability to cogitate is an important skill than just relying on instinct. Rainsford had arrived on the shore of Ship-Trap Island after falling off of his yacht. According to the narrator, “Bleak darkness was blacking out the sea and jungle when Rainsford sighted the lights” (Connell 45). The island Rainsford arrived was filled with darkness, with only light from Zaroff’s château. The author used symbolism to clearly define the mood of the story, as well as give the reader insight into the story. In the beginning of the story, the island was described as dark, giving a feeling of indistinct and mysterious. The sea was also another symbol, which represented isolation from civilization. Due to the unknowns of the island and isolation, Rainsford used his brain to plan what to do next, but he acted impulsively during the hunt. Zaroff used only his instinct while hunting Rainsford because he believed it helped him. The symbolism of the short story allowed for the reader to understand that the mood of isolation supports the author’s argument. While symbolism helped reveal the message of the story, characterization also supported the author’s argument.
The mindset someone is in allows them to have the ability to have a different perception. It allows for a greater range of thought. The author,
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