The Most Dangerous Game

The Most Dangerous Game

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  • Exposition
  • Rising Action 1
  • Hunting? Great Guns, General Zaroff, what you speak of is murder (Connell 7).
  • Rising Action 2
  • Rainsford, a hunter, falls off a yacht sailing to the Amazon. Rainsfford then has to swim to an island, Ship-Trap Island, that has a bad reputaion. On that island he luckily finds a house. "He stuggled up to the surface and tried to cry out, but the wash from the speeding yacht slapped im in the face" (Connell 2).
  • Rising Action 3
  • Rainsford meets the owner of the island, General Zaroff. Zaroff has Rainsford stay at his house, and teh begin to talk over dinner. Zaroff talks about his love of hunting, and how he got bored of all the normal game, so he began hunting humans.
  • Climax
  • Zaroff ends up tricking Rainsford into being hunted. This leads to a stuggle at night. Rainsford is hidding from Zaroff at first trying to plan out how he is going to make it out alive. "Rainsford's impulse was to hurl himself down like a panther, but he saw that the general's right hand held something metallic--a small automatic pistol" (Connell 11).
  • Falling Action
  • After Rainsford manages to hurt Zaroff and kill Ivan, he is being cased by the hounds.  He decides his best chance of escaping is if he jumps into the ocean. "Rainsford hesitated. He heard the hounds. Then he leaped far out into the sea..." (Connell 13)
  • The apparent disappearance of Rainsford leads Zaroff to have a flase sense of security. Zaroff eats his dinner, reads in his ibrary, and tghen goes to bed when Rainsford shows up ready to fight. "'Rainsford!' screamed the general. 'How in God's name did you get here?'" (Connell 13)
  • Zaroff considers this to be the end of the hunt, so he congradualtes Rainsford o his win. Raindsford refuses to have it end this way, so they fight to the death. "One of us is to furnish a repast for the hounds. The other will sleep in this very excellent bed" (Connell 13).
  • Resolution
  • Man vs. Man
  • Man vs. Nature
  • Rainsford wins the fight, killing General Zaroff. He then sleeps in the discussed bed. "He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford thought" (Connell 13).
  • Man vs. Self
  • Rainsford fights for his life, against General Zaroff.
  • After falling off the yacht, Rainsford struggles not to drown.
  • Throughout the fight with Zaroff, Rainsford is also having internal confliction as he doubts himself and questions how he will survive.
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