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Richard Connell (1893-1949) • He was born October 17,1893, in a New York state community • Connell was a sports reporter at the age of 10 • He started his writing career early, working as a reporter
By the age of 16 Connell was editing his father’s newspaper • Attended Harvard University where he was an editor for the Daily Crimson • Reported on wartime events during WWI • “The Most Dangerous Game was published in 1924
Background • Big game hunting (Lions, bears, etc.) • Famous example of a big game hunter was President Theodore Roosevelt, but was also a great advocate for conservation • He went on African safaris, where he once killed 9 lions, 8 elephants, and 13 rhinos
What is this story all about? • Name some games you have played that involve “The Chase” • Are human beings really civilized? Zaroff = highly cultured tastes, but savage human hunting Rainsford = Horrified at the thought of human hunting/ civilized?
Literary Analysis • Suspense is the reader’s feeling of curiosity, uncertainty, or even anxiety about the outcome of events in a story. Writers can create suspense by putting characters into tense or risky situations
Literary Analysis • Conflict plays a key role in creating suspense. A conflict is a struggle between opposing forces, setting one character against another character, a character against nature, or a character against himself or herself.
Setting/characters • Ship-Trap Island = Island where ships have gone down • This island is feared and dreaded by the sailors, it is seen as god forsaken • Characters = Whitney, Rainsford, Zaroff and Ivan • What happens?
Which details of Rainsford’s struggle build suspense? • Falling off the ship • A difficult swim to an unknown shore • A desperate climb and a plunge into dense jungle • His hunger
What conflict faces Rainsford? • He has a conflict with nature. • He is now in a jungle with no resources beyond his own strength, intelligence and instincts. • Later on his conflict is with Zaroff and their ideas on hunting.
Suspense • A gun shot on a “deserted” island • Who lives in the huge house on the island? • Ivan, the servant (How?) • General Zaroff (How?)
Suspense • The discussion about the biggest game, without telling what the hunted is • (page 26) –specific example of how the author creates suspense – Animal = man
The Game • Choice: To submit to torture, or to “hunt” with him • Zaroff gives each man a knife, food and three hours • If the man hasn’t been caught in 3 days he is free
How does the conflict between Rainsford and Zaroff resolve? • Rainsford swims to the house, hides in Zaroff’s bedroom and wins the game.
Activities • Review and Assess (page 36) • Survival manual (page 39) • Follow up questions http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/MosDan.shtml • Good review worksheet http://www.argo217.k12.il.us/departs/english/blettiere/most%20dangerous%20game.doc