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The Value Of Life Essay

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Imagine if you went on a vacation with a friend and somehow ended up on a jungle island fighting for your life! That’s what happened to Rainsford, the main character in Richard Connell’s thriller, The Most Dangerous Game. During this “vacation” Rainsford learned just how valuable a human life is . The value of life is the main theme in this story, but it is also important in the world around us and in my own personal life.

In the story, The Most Dangerous Game, the value of life is shown multiple times. Rainsford went on a ravishing vacation with his friend Whitney aboard his yacht. One night he fell off the boat and swam to a seemingly uninhabited island. AS he made his way through ...view middle of the document...

This is when Rainsford thought about how terrifying this man was, and that he was just playing with him, he did not want to lose his life so he demanded that he did not lose his nerve.

Then Rainsford hopped down and decided to try something different. He went to work and then he hid in a log about one hundred yards away as the general came walking up. As the general stared intently at the ground he didn’t notice the trap that Rainsford has set for him. The trap was triggered but the general noticed and jumped back. He was struck on the shoulder by the dead log instead of being knocked out or killed by it, he then laughed and mocked Rainsford, which again sent fear straight to Rainsford heart, and he knew that he had to do whatever it took to defend himself from the general. He ran for several hours until he made it to death swamp, where he set another trap. He dug a pit and put stakes in the bottom of it. He then wove a carpet of branches and leaves to set over the pit. He was then overjoyed when he heard the branches break, until he saw that it was not the General who had fallen in, but one of his dogs, again the general mocked Rainsford, and Rainsford was terrified. Once again Rainsford ran and he set another trap, this time killing Ivan, the general’s servant. But, the general, with his pack of hounds were still following him. So he jumped off a cliff and into the ocean. Later that night when the general lost his trail he went to his bedroom to retire after a long day of hunting, when suddenly rainsford jumped out from behind the curtains and they fought and rainsford killed the general and slept in his bed. Throughout this story Rainsford learned how much his own life mattered to him and to what extent he would go to save his own life.
In the real world there are many example of when people are stranded somewhere where they have nothing but the clothes on their backs and they need to find some way to survive. When somebody gets into a situation like that,...

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