“The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell

This week we are discussing the story written by the American writer Richard Connell called “The Most Dangerous Game”. This story even brought him the O.Henry Award.

You can find and download the story here.

As usual, I ask you to think about themes of the story, describe the characters, ask questions, write your comments below…

 

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  1. Zoom Chat:
    19:02:58 From  Teacher Lee : Rainsford, hunter
    19:02:58 From  Teacher Lee : Rainsford, hunter
    19:03:05 From  Teacher Lee : Mysterious
    19:02:58 From  Teacher Lee : Rainsford, hunter
    19:03:05 From  Teacher Lee : Mysterious island nearby
    19:03:14 From  Teacher Lee : Falls overboard
    19:03:19 From  Teacher Lee : Gunshots
    19:03:30 From  Teacher Lee : Swam to shore
    19:03:39 From  Teacher Lee : on the mysterious island
    19:03:47 From  Teacher Lee : Castle with a giant named Ivan.
    19:03:56 From  Teacher Lee : Cossack
    19:04:03 From  Teacher Lee : like the Mongols
    19:04:56 From  Diana Yarmolinska : cossacks are nothing like the Mongols
    19:05:32 From  Teacher Lee : General Zaroff was a hunter and the owner of the castle
    19:05:34 From  Teacher Lee : Hunts men.
    19:05:41 From  Teacher Lee : Rainsford was to be his prey.
    19:05:52 From  Teacher Lee : Play with Zaroff or play with Ivan.
    19:06:02 From  Teacher Lee : 3 days to evade to win
    19:06:45 From  Teacher Lee : A knife and food
    19:07:06 From  Teacher Lee : Rainsford tried three traps
    19:07:18 From  Teacher Lee : Circled around to hide his trail.
    19:07:34 From  Teacher Lee : To prolong the game.
    19:08:25 From  Teacher Lee : First trap was a Tree trunk falling on Zaroff.
    19:09:22 From  Teacher Lee : Injured Zaroff’s shoulder.
    19:09:42 From  Teacher Lee : Second trap was a pit with spikes in it.  Dog stepped into it.
    19:10:01 From  Teacher Lee : Third trap was the knife on a springy branch. It got Ivan.
    19:10:06 From  Teacher Lee : Quicksand.
    19:12:07 From  Teacher Lee : He was fodder for the dogs.
    19:12:41 From  Teacher Lee : Whitney
    19:13:10 From  Teacher Lee : The superstition about the island.  Sailors and ships dying there.
    19:13:21 From  Teacher Lee : Whitney said that animals might have feelings.
    19:13:35 From  Teacher Lee : Rainsford said bah!
    19:14:11 From  Teacher Lee : When HE was the hunted, he had lots of feelings.
    19:14:33 From  Teacher Lee : Nobility
    19:15:20 From  Teacher Lee : Zaroff liked sport, used a .22 calibre weapon (weak).
    19:15:38 From  Teacher Lee : He didn’t want it to be too easy.
    19:15:47 From  Teacher Lee : He enjoyed outsmarting the animal.
    19:15:59 From  Teacher Lee : Eventually, he got bored with animals.
    19:16:53 From  Teacher Lee : But more of his human prey weren’t too smart either.
    19:17:09 From  Teacher Lee : So he particularly enjoyed Rainsford’s traps.
    19:18:27 From  Teacher Lee :  Maybe hunting deer with a crossbow might be fun.
    19:18:57 From  Teacher Lee : Monty Python has a “killer bunny”.
    19:19:23 From  neuromantic : t
    19:19:31 From  Vasanth : Here people used to hunt peacock.
    19:19:44 From  Teacher Lee : wild boars in Spain
    19:19:57 From  Teacher Lee : animal control
    19:20:04 From  Teacher Lee : wolves
    19:20:17 From  Teacher Lee : eat farm animals
    19:20:23 From  Teacher Lee : deer are harmless
    19:21:34 From  Teacher Lee : population control
    19:22:44 From  Teacher Lee : Rivers changed their courses.
    19:23:10 From  Teacher Lee : Trees growing on the banks of the river.
    19:23:21 From  Teacher Lee : In 20 years
    19:24:18 From  Teacher Lee : At dinner, Zaroff was discussing his love of hunting.
    19:24:38 From  Teacher Lee : He was appalled.
    19:24:41 From  Teacher Lee : Alarmed.
    19:25:00 From  Teacher Lee : Where do you get your men who want to ask as prey?
    19:25:24 From  Teacher Lee : Killing people is illegal.
    19:25:42 From  Teacher Lee : Claws and jaws.
    19:26:50 From  Teacher Lee : He “trained” his prey.
    19:27:31 From  Teacher Lee : The Law of the Jungle:  Kill or be killed.
    19:27:57 From  Vasanth : t
    19:28:27 From  Teacher Lee : Policemen in India
    19:28:43 From  Teacher Lee : self-defense
    19:28:56 From  Teacher Lee : “Deadly force”
    19:29:12 From  Teacher Lee : The use of deadly force
    19:30:37 From  Vasanth : t
    19:31:54 From  Teacher Lee : Death Wish
    19:33:13 From  Teacher Lee : hand-cuffed him
    19:33:19 From  Teacher Lee : took him to jail
    19:33:24 From  Teacher Lee : vigilante
    19:33:41 From  Teacher Lee : Luring prey to the island.
    19:33:57 From  Diana Yarmolinska : themes
    19:34:01 From  Teacher Lee : Deception
    19:34:06 From  Diana Yarmolinska : deception
    19:34:35 From  Teacher Lee : Fear
    19:34:37 From  Diana Yarmolinska : fear
    19:34:43 From  Teacher Lee : Confidence
    19:34:51 From  Teacher Lee : “fairness”
    19:35:02 From  Teacher Lee : survival instinct
    19:35:06 From  Teacher Lee : sportsmanship
    19:35:55 From  Teacher Lee : He felt what his prey must have felt.
    19:37:16 From  Teacher Lee : Sportsmanship
    19:38:41 From  neuromantic : t
    19:40:41 From  Teacher Lee : Apocalypse
    19:40:55 From  Vasanth : tribals?
    19:40:55 From  Teacher Lee : Apocalyptica
    19:40:55 From  Diana Yarmolinska : Maya
    19:41:48 From  Teacher Lee : Native tribes
    19:41:56 From  Teacher Lee : before the Spanish came
    19:42:40 From  Teacher Lee : The games…
    19:42:40 From  neuromantic : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0472043/?ref_=nv_sr_3
    19:43:27 From  Teacher Lee : “The Running Man”
    19:46:10 From  Teacher Lee : His original ship didn’t come back to try to find him.
    19:46:40 From  Teacher Lee : Vampires
    19:46:52 From  Teacher Lee : Lots of money
    19:47:04 From  Teacher Lee : Servants
    19:50:20 From  Vasanth : Q
    19:50:52 From  Teacher Lee : He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided.
    19:52:03 From  Teacher Lee : Rainsford did not smile. “I am still a beast at bay,” he said, in a low, hoarse voice. “Get ready, General Zaroff.” 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.”…
    19:53:32 From  Teacher Lee : He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided.
    19:56:31 From  Teacher Lee : Empathy for his prey.
    19:57:09 From  Teacher Lee : Double entendre19:57:13 From  Teacher Lee : on the title
    19:57:23 From  Teacher Lee : game = entertainment, game = prey
    19:59:54 From  Teacher Lee : There had to be supply ships.
    20:00:22 From  Teacher Lee : Which decade?
    20:00:59 From  Teacher Lee : Ten Little Indians
    20:01:07 From  Teacher Lee : And then there were none.

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