The Most Dangerous Game Plot Structure


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  • Sanger Rainsford is a hunter who falls off a yacht and swims to an island. He follows the sounds of gunshots to a large house.
  • Exposition
  • He meets General Zaroff and his henchman Ivan, who provide him with hospitality. But, he soon finds out that he will be hunted in one of their hunts. If he can survive three days, he wins.
  • Conflict
  • Rising Action
  • Rainsford sets up traps for Zaroff and Ivan, as well as their hounds, in the island. However, Zaroff survives all these attempts, though Ivan and one of the hounds don't.
  • Climax
  • To evade Zaroff and survive the third night, Rainsford jumps off a cliff and into the sea. General Zaroff assumes him to be dead.
  • Falling Action
  • After returning to his house go to sleep, Zaroff finds Rainsford waiting for him, having survived. Rainsford had swam back faster than the General had walked.
  • Resolution
  • Zaroff congratulates Rainsford on winning the hunt, but Rainsford challenges Zaroff and kills him, before going to sleep in Zaroff's bed.
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