The Most Dangerous Game Symbolism


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  • 'It must have courage, cunning, and, above all,it must be able to reason.'"
  • The Ideal Animal.
  • "I wanted the ideal human to hunt."
  • "My dear fellow," said the general, "there is one that can."
  • "Why should i not be serious? I am speaking of hunting."
  • "But you can't mean-" Rainsford gasped. "I can't believe you are serious, General. This is a grisly joke."
  • "Hunting? Good God, General Zaroff, what you speak of is murder."
  • "But no animal can reason," objected Rainsford.
  • "What are the attributes of an ideal quarry?'
  • The Angry Sea God
  • "This island is called Ship-Trap," he answered. "Sometime an angry god of the high seas sends them to me. Sometimes, when providence is not so kind, I help Providence a bit. Come to the window with me."
  • "But where do you get them?"
  • The Cat and The Mouse
  • “The job was finished at last, and he threw himself down behind a fallen log a hundred feet away. He did not have to wait long. The cat was coming again to play with the mouse.”(
  • This is an example of symbolism because the general is referring "ideal animals" to humans. This refers back to the theme hunt or be hunted because it shows that General Zaroff is a hunter and he is out of the "ideal animals" because he sees them as "prey" or "the hunt." This helps the reader understand that Zaroff is crazy and should not be trusted because he will turn on you and most likely hunt you like an animal.
  • This is an example of symbolism because he is referring to a bad thunderstorm as an angry god of the high seas. This refers back to the theme you are either a winner or a loser because it shows that if you dont make it off of the wrecked ship then you will be hunted by the general and you WILL die. This helps the reader understand how often general Zaroff hunts and how.
  • This is an example of symbolism because the author referred Rainsford to a mouse because he had the lower hand and the general to a cat because he mainly had the upperhand through the hunt. This goes back to the theme of don't underestimate the strengths of someones competitor because the general has no doubt that he can't defeat Rainsford so he over looks him, but Rainsford has lots of tricks that he doesn't know about. This helps the reader understand how arrogant the general is.
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