In the short story "The Most Dangerous Game", Richard Connell uses conflict to convey the theme that you don't need to underestimate or overestimate your enemy. One example, of the conflict conveying the theme from the text is when General Zaroff thinks that Rainsford can't hunt and is very weak. Also, while General Zaroff is talking about all the wild animals he hunts, Rainsford is overestimating the General thinking he can do more than himself. This conveys the message of not underestimating or overestimating your enemy because in the end Rainsford ends up the winner of the game and General Zaroff loses. We can infer from the end of the story that General Zaroff gets killed by the hounds. Therefore, Rainsford overestimated what the General could actually do and the General underestimated Rainsfords ability to hunt and survive.
He struggled up to the surface and tried to cry out, but the wash from the speeding yacht slapped him in the face and the salt water in his mouth made him gag and strangle. pg.9
The general was saving him for another day's sport! The Cossack was the cat; he was the mouse. Then it was that Rainsford knew the full meaning of terror. pg.29
"I will not lose my nerve. I will not."
"Splendid! One of us is to furnish a repast for the hounds. The other will sleep in this very excellent bed. On guard, Rainsford...."
He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided. pg.34
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