Presentation on theme: "“The Most Dangerous Game” (short story)"— Presentation transcript:
1 “The Most Dangerous Game” (short story) Author: Richard Connell
2 Characters Sanger Rainsford the protagonist stranded on the island after falling off a yachtWrites books about hunting.Thinks hunting is the greatest sport in the world.
3 General Zaroff the antagonist began hunting at 5 years old, shot his father’s prized turkey and was complimented for itserved as a Cossack and a general in the Russian armylives in a palace-like home on Ship Trap Islandhunts humans for the challenge.Hunting is his life.
4 Ivan Zaroff's huge deaf and mute assistant also a Cossack tortures and kills sailors who refuse to participate in Zaroff’s ‘hunt.’
5 Whitney A fellow hunter and very good friend of Rainsford. Feels sympathy for the animals, like the jaguar, that they hunt.
6 SettingPrimary setting is Ship Trap Island, although other settings include: the yacht in the Caribbean Sea, night time, and the chateau and jungle on the island.
7 Mood: SuspensefulTheme: Primary theme is man’s inhumanity to man; other themes are survival, hunting, determination, bravery, cunning.
8 Plot Introduction: Rising action: Rainsford and Whitney are aboard a yacht discussing their hunting trip for jaguar.Rising action:Rainsford hears shotsHe accidentally falls overboard after losing his pipe and swims to Ship Trap IslandHe finds the chateau (Zaroff’s house) and meets Ivan and Zaroff where he has a fine meal and revealing conversation with Zaroff.
9 (More Rising Action)Zaroff explains that he hunts humans and later says that he will hunt Rainsford next.Humans are the most dangerous game - they offer more of a challenge because they can reasonRainsford and Zaroff participate in the hunt through the jungleRainsford is the hunted and Zaroff is the hunter
10 (More Rising Action)Rainsford creates three traps: Malay Mancatcher, which wound’s Z.’s shoulder; Burmese tiger pit, which kills one of Z’s dogs; and the Ugandan knife trap, which kills IvanRainsford jumps from a cliff on the island into the sea, swims back to Zaroff’s house and hides in the curtains in Zaroff’s bedroom.
11 Climax: Falling Action: Denouement: Rainsford confronts Zaroff in his bedroomFalling Action:Zaroff tells Rainsford he wins the game and is free to goRainsford kills ZaroffDenouement:Rainsford wins the duel because he is the one who gets to sleep in the fine bed.