Presentation on theme: "“The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell"— Presentation transcript:
1“The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell Plot Development
2Plot – sequence of events in a literary work. Climax-highest point of action or interest. A moment of great emotional intensity or suspense in a plotRising Action –adds complications leads to the climaxFalling action –the action that is a result of the climaxExposition --introduces the characters, background and settingResolution –tells or implies the outcome of the story
3Genre and Point of View Genre: Short Story Point of View: Third Person Limited
4Characters Protagonist--Main Character: Rainsford Antagonist--Opposing Force: General Zaroff
5Setting, Atmosphere & Mood Setting—Ship Trap Island, over a series of days, probably in the late 1920’s or early 1930’sAtmosphere & Mood—Evil is a tangible (touchable) thing. Evil is a palpable wave. Mysterious and suggestive name, “Ship Trap Island.”
6ExpositionLearn about Ship Trap Island, sailors have a curious dread of it.Rainsford doesn’t care how animals feel, says there are two classes: hunters & huntees.Whitney & Rainsford are discussing hunting.
7Rising Acton The MDG = MAN Zaroff has become bored with hunting & has invented a new “game.”Rainsford follows the path finds a Chateau & meets General Zaroff.Rainsford finds a trail & a place where a large animal had been killed & finds a .22 cartridge.Rainsford swims towards the sound & lands on the island.Rainsford hears 3 gunshots & falls overboard.
8Rising ActonRainsford swims back to the Chateau & waits to ambush Zaroff.Rainsford dives into the ocean.Rainsford creates the Malayan Mancatcher, Burmese Tiger Pit & Ugandan Indian Trick.End of Day 1, Rainsford hides in a tree. Rainsford must reason to survive.The game begins, Day 1—Rainsford responds like an animal, runs & creates a complicated trail.Zaroff hunts men, Rainsford thinks it’s murder, Zaroff thinks it’s sport.
9Climax Rainsford ambushes Zaroff in the bedroom. “ “The general made one of his deepest bows. ‘I see,’ he said. ‘Splendid! One of us is to furnish a repast for the hounds. The other will sleep in this very excellent bed. On guard, Rainsford.’”
10Falling ActionRainsford says that he has never slept in a more comfortable bed.
11ResolutionThe story’s ending is implied. The reader assumes that General Zaroff is dead since Rainsford is sleeping peacefully.
12Conflict External Conflict—Struggle with an outside force. Man vs. Man: Rainsford vs. Zaroff, Rainsford vs. IvanMan vs. Nature: Rainsford vs. the Sea, Rainsford vs. the jungle/islandMan vs. Beast: Rainsford vs. the dogsInternal Conflict—Struggle within oneself.Man vs. Man: Rainsford struggles with fear, morality of huntingMan vs. Fate: Rainsford struggles with dying .
13Universal ThemeIn order to fully understand others, we must first walk in their shoes. Rainsford now knows what it feels like to be the “prey.” He may be a more compassionate hunter now.