English 9A Hour 5
7 October 2014
A Drop in the Caribbean, A Ripple in Character
"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often" (http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_change.html), this quote by Winston Churchill is something I can connect with as I often feel the need to improve myself which can only be done with change. It also relates to the protagonist, Sanger Rainsford, of the short story, "The Most Dangerous Game," by Richard Connell. Sanger Rainsford changes his views on some matters after being trapped on an island with a madman with no method of escape. He undergoes a major change in his character due to an awful experience in isolation with the psychopath, General Zaroff.
Rainsford is on his way to Rio with his friend, Whitney, to hunt jaguars. As they travel, they discuss hunting, and readers begin to discover the outlines of Rainsford 's confident character. Rainsford believes hunting is a great sport all around whereas Whitney believes hunting is great for the hunter, but if one is a jaguar it is not so great. Rainsford opposes Whitney 's idea of jaguars feeling fear. An example of this is when he scoffs at Whitney 's remark. "Don 't talk rot, Whitney. You 're a big-game hunter, not a philosopher. Who cares how a jaguar feels ... The world is made up of two classes -- the hunters and the huntees. Luckily you and I are the hunters" (215-216). This is an example of indirect characterization. The author is letting me infer Rainsford does not respect his prey. This inference can be made from how Rainsford responds to Whitney 's remark. Rainsford clearly believes in what he is saying since not once does his voice waver. He does not mo...
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...about his persepctive being changed for the good. He experienced the ugly truth up close and personal and has now been on both sides of the brutal hunt.
In conclusion, the development of Rainsford is set up in the beginning. Readers do not know it in the first couple pages, but Rainsford grows and blossoms in his thoughts. He truly learns the feeling a prey experiences. His thoughts about the difference between right and wrong evolve. I like Rainsford and his character development. I feel as if he was very well developed an dgrew into a better man than he was before. Rainsford may not be a likeable character by some, but he is most definitely a real character who learns from his actions and changes.
Connel, Richard. "The Most Dangerous Game." Prentice Hall Literature 9 Minnesota
Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Publishing, Incorporated, 2010.
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