Difference in Character in Child by Tiger and Most Dangerous Game
In Thomas Wolfe's "The Child by Tiger," the character Dick Prosser is clearly more credible than General Zaroff in Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game." This plausibility is due to each character's lifestyle, murder motives, and personal morals. The difference in the characters is very dramatic.
Foremost, how and where one lives tell much about a person. General Zaroff appears to be living in an almost make-believe world. He has bought an island and made his home there. When Rainsford, another character in the short story, reaches the island, he begins looking for lights. Connell describes, "He came upon them as he turned a crook in the coast line, and his first thought was that he had come upon a village, for there were many lights" (11). Today, it would be ludicrous for a man to own an island all by himself. Conversely, Dick Prosser lives more realistically. He lives in a basement room of a home belonging to a white family. Wolfe explains, "The bare board floor was always cleanly swept, a plain bare table and a plain straight chair were stationed exactly in the center of the room" (25). Dick Prosser's simple way of living is more believable than General Zaroff's extravagant lifestyle.
In addition, the murders that take place in the stories play a big part in the plausibility of the characters. The motives behind the killings are very different for each character. General Zaroff seems barbaric in his reasoning. He chooses to shoot humans for fun and enjoyment. General Zaroff explains:
"I suggest to [one of the men to be hunted] that we go hunting. I give him three hours' start. I am to follow, armed only with a pistol of the smallest caliber and range. If my quarry...