This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Reason Versus Instinct In “The Most Dangerous Game By Richard Connell

654 words - 3 pages

In “The Most Dangerous Game,” Richard Connell correlates three common literary devices especially well: setting, suspense, and plot. Connell makes use of an appropriate setting, the literary element of suspense, and an interesting plot in order to strengthen the story’s recurring theme of reason versus instinct within humans, and to blur that line between reason and instinct.
In order to emphasize his recurring theme of reason versus instinct, Connell first sets the scene for the story’s setting, the setting Connell chooses for “The Most Dangerous Game” fits exceptionally well alongside both the story’s plot, as well as, its literary element of suspense. By introducing the idea of a mysterious island at the very start of the story through Rainsford’s friend Whitney, Connell instills in the reader a suspicion that can only be fed by reading further on (67). Connell set the story on a so-called abandoned island referred to as ship-trap-island. This island is a representation of a lawless region secluded from society, where the hunting of man by man is an acceptable sport in the eyes of General Zaroff. With this inhumane idea of man hunting man the value of human life is belittled and with this belittlement comes a dark mood that accompanies the theme of reason versus instinct especially well. A lawless, mysterious region is the perfect backdrop to allow for Connell’s characters in his story to further explore reason and instinct within themselves.
In the beginning of the story, before Rainsford falls overboard and ends up swimming ashore to the island, his friend Whitney asserts that animals instinctively feel fear. Afterwards, conveying to Rainsford that Ship-Trap Island establishes a fear in him (68). This is the first incident of Connell blurring the line between reason and instinct in his theme. Whitney is instinctively feeling fear because the island seems threatening; it is a God-forsaken place to him(68). Connell set this first...

Find Another Essay On Reason Versus Instinct in “The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell

"The Most Dangerous Game" By Richard Connell "A Portrait Of A Most Dangerous Man"

790 words - 3 pages "The Most Dangerous Game"By Richard Connell"A Portrait Of A Most Dangerous Man"General Zaroff is one of the main characters in Richard Connell's short story "The Most Dangerous Game". General Zaroff has military training as he mentions that he is a commander of a division of the Cossack Calvary during the Russian Revolution. After the Russian Revolution, General Zaroff, an avid hunter and aristocrat moves to his island (referred to as Ship-Trap

Comparing The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson and The Most Dangerous Game, by Richard Connell

1500 words - 6 pages The purpose of this paper will be the comparing and contrasting of two short stories previously read and interpreted by the writer. The two stories chosen were “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, and “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell. These two stories seem to have nothing in common, as they have two separate meanings in two separate eras. However, the moral of each story draws similarity, the author’s paints a picture to keep the

Alternate Ending An assessment of a possible ending to ‘The most Dangerous game’ by Richard Connell

994 words - 4 pages Zanoff, although it never did, Zanoff stayed as forced and clever as ever. Zanoff let Rainsford draw closer, luring him in by missing him by inches, laying bullets into Rainsford, and taking most of the bullets fired at him. Zanoff was going to die, and he knew it, however, his prey would die first. Finally, Rainsford was upon Zanoff, leaping with teeth bared and flames alive in his scorching eyes. Zanoff didn’t move allowing himself to be

Comparison between the text, The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell and the poem, Porphyria's Lover by Robert Browning

2437 words - 10 pages beneath my burning kiss", shows the effect of how strong and pure love made the corpse cheek turn red. It also should be noted that this entire poem is in first person and since the narrator is also deemed as a lunatic, the events that have occurred may or may not be true.The short story of "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Edward Connell, is about a celebrated hunter from New York City called Sanger Rainsford and also the Cossack General Zaroff

The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Cornell

1247 words - 5 pages “The Most Dangerous Game”, by Richard Cornell was a story which Mr.Cornell used 8 aspects of fiction to show his point of view that one who has intellect can overcome one who has intelligence or instinct. The character’s used in the story gave the author a way to make his point of view come clear to his audience. The story uses sequence of events. The plot is how the story goes about. The setting is the surroundings of the story, or where it

The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connel

872 words - 3 pages “The Most Dangerous Game” written by Richard Connell, is a skilled hunter who believes that animals were made to be hunted; he has no sympathy for them. Stranded on island with a killer chasing him, he learns to make rational choices. While both Harrison and Ranisford are courageous characters, Rainsford’s prudence enables him to overpower his enemy, whereas Harrison’s impulsive nature results in him being shot dead. Commanded by an unjust

Comparison and Contrast of "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell with the 1930s movie version -short

585 words - 2 pages changed or eliminated. "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell is no exception.In the result of the transition of "The Most Dangerous Game" from literature to film, many aspects were altered. Though some are superficial, such as the appearance of "General Zaroff" and the movie's Count Zaroff, or the physical conditions of Ivan, others are quite noticeable. For example, concerning the introduction, the exchange between the short story's

The Most Dangerous Game versus The Child by Tiger

1064 words - 4 pages The conflict of good and evil presents itself in “The Most Dangerous Game” and “The Child by Tiger” in two completely different ways. One story being commercial fiction and the other being literary fiction, there are many ways of viewing variables such as good versus evil, realistic versus unrealistic stories and moral significance. The stories have different voices and are meant for different audiences, but in viewing the overall moral

Richard Connell's The Most Dangerous Game

1978 words - 8 pages moment, but as he became more desperate as the "game" continued, he gathered his wits about him more and became more and more like Zaroff, as it became a contest as to who would survive, a contest Rainsford did not intend to lose. The antagonist of the story, “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell, is General Zaroff. The General would be classified as a flat character. All he ever talks about is being a hunter. In the story he says

Desire for Competition in Coriolanus by Shakespeare and The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connells

1144 words - 5 pages one is to do justice to Shakespeare and Richard Connells’ intentions. This paper will provide a thorough overview through a stage of self-interests that led to murderous crimes, that of which is shown through competition, jealousy, and vengeance. Both Coriolanus and The Most Dangerous Game involve characters that have a prevailing desire for competition. This competition conveys conflict, which in turn contributes to the confrontation and the

Elements of Literature in Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game"

670 words - 3 pages hunted by General Zaroff. Suspense, setting, and irony make Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game" an electrifying short story.Suspense is a major element in this story. Without it, the reader will get bored. After Rainsford finds out that Zaroff has "invented" a new game, all the readers get curious of what that new hunt is. When Zaroff reveals his sick way of hunting humans, shock fills Rainsford. Later in the story, Zaroff forces Rainsford to

Similar Essays

"The Most Dangerous Game," By Richard Connell

566 words - 2 pages Implausible EscapeThe short story "The Most Dangerous Game," by Richard Connell, is a piece of escape fiction wherein implausible factors run throughout. Escape fiction, however, depends on this element because it could not otherwise escape reality without being a touch unrealistic. Connell places implausibility into his story in a variety of ways. Manipulation of the characters, environment, and odds create unlikely instances for each, from

Ethics Blurred In The Most Dangerous Game By Richard Connell

684 words - 3 pages In “The Most Dangerous Game” the author creates two strikingly similar characters that blur the line of ethics. Rainsford, the protagonist, meets his adversary and leader of an exotic tribe, Zaroff, after falling off of a yacht and swimming to the nearest island. The short story then explores the events that transpires between the strangers – focusing on Zaroff's bloodthirsty hunt against Rainsford. Yet even with the two men on opposite sides of

Analytic Essay Of The Most Dangerous Game By Richard Connell

734 words - 3 pages A story full of action, suspense, well developed characters, and a titanic struggle of good vs. evil is "The Most Dangerous Game." In this story the author, Richard Connell, shows the reader his traits of his characters and how they do what they do with the plot. The main character, Rainsford, tests his wits against Zaroff, the antagonist of the story. The author also cleverly puts in ironic twists in the story to enhance his elements. The

Literary Analysis Of The Most Dangerous Game By Richard Connell

660 words - 3 pages Richard Connells “The Most Dangerous Game” is a short story which illustrates that calm analytical thinking can increase your odds of survival and controlling panic. We are introduced to the protagonist and main character, Sanger Rainsford who is a big game hunter and a WW1 veteran. The story starts off with a conversation between Whitney and Rainsford discussing the island, so we can understand the reputation it holds. Whitney is a fellow