In the story, The Most Dangerous Game, it is evident that there are two main characters. The first is Rainsford and he is, in all extensive purposes, the protagonist. The second, the antagonist, is General Zaroff. There is one other character, Ivan, but he really is simply, just a butler to the antagonist. While, the story does elude that Ivan could be a bigger character if the wrong choice is made.
The first character, Rainsford whom is the protagonist, has an interesting background, to say the least. In the story we learn that he is an exceptional hunter. We learn that he is on his way to go hunt jaguars (Connell 583), when late one night he hears three gunshots come from a distant source (Connell 584).
While straining to see where the shots came from, he falls off of the yacht that he is on (Connell 584).
Eventually he gets to an island, where we find out that the shots came form (Connell 585).
We see that he is very adventuresome and even courageous character when he goes looking for the obvious person who lives on the island. We also learn about his moral system, in that, he believes that killing is murder (Connell 590).
However, we learn the most of Rainsford once the hunt has started. We find out that he is a very resourceful and intelligent man, in that he knows that he needs to make an extensive trail so as maybe to lose the General (Connell 594).
We also learn that he, Rainsford, knows how to make a Malay Man-Catcher (Connell 595), which, cannot be an easy thing to do. Furthermore, he also knows how to make a Burmese tiger pit (Connell 596), which again most have taken some studying. The most startling part of Rainsford’s character comes at the end of the story we find that he has become that which he was completely opposite, the General. This can be seen in the last line, which can be read here, “He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided.” (Connell 598)
In Richard Connell's short story, 'The Most Dangerous Game'; , the use of literary devices, found blended with other literary devices, gives the story an inner meaning. The blending of literary devices effectively expresses the intentions of Connell to present contrast between the antagonist and protagonist points of view. As a result, the reader can gain insight on the good and evil sides of the ...
The other main character in this story is General Zaroff. We soon learn that he is an accomplished hunter and has hunted everything from small game to the most dangerous game (Connell 588).
A lot can be learned from the General’s character in the proceeding pages. For starters one could learn the General holds little value for human life (Connell 590).
We also learn that he, the General, hunts people whom he merely supplies a knife, but which he hunts with a pistol (Connell 591).
I t is in this simple little predicament that the General’s pure motives can be seen, that being he wants an equal opponent but he does not arm them equally. We also learn that the General enjoys nice things, such as expensive incense perfumed cigarettes (Connell 588), his own island (Connell 589), and an enormous house (Connell 589).