He fights through the surf, listening to gunshots and the screams of dying animals he later finds out were humans. Foremost, how and where one lives tell much about a person. Many of them afford only the most elementary sort of problem. He views his prey as aggressive creatures that are lower that lack any reason to live other than hunting. Also, his military attire and general ranking were deceiving as well. The fellow lost his head.
Rainsford's impulse was to hurl himself down like a panther, but he saw that the general's right hand held something metallic--a small automatic pistol. If I find him…he loses. The general's eyes had left the ground and were traveling inch by inch up the tree. Rainsford had fought his way through the bush for two hours. For instance there are many different ways to decide what ammo to use.
A Short Summary of the Story 5 out of 5 Sanger Rainsford discusses hunting with his friend Whitney as the two travel by boat in the Caribbean just off Ship Trap Island. Thus, readers of this Richard Connell classic are given a lesson in perfect narrative form. He sees them only as necessary to enhance his fun, not as something that could cause a prey to actually escape him. These elements of the story in particular explain why it has been adapted many times since that first production. In reality, however, it is not. Zaroff and Rainsford are huntsmen and they play a game of outwitting animals for various trophies. He has hunted every animal known to man, but, then he gets tried of hunting the same animal over and over.
In 1949, he died of a heart attack in Beverly Hills at the age of 56. It makes dramatic as well as box-office sense to involve Fay Wray in the hunt. And you shoot down men? He was a commercial success, publishing in a span of 15 years four novels and four short-story collections. He knew where he was now. His eyes made out the shadowy outlines of a palatial chateau; it was set on a high bluff, and on three sides of it cliffs dived down to where the sea licked greedy lips in the shadows. He knew it would be insane to blunder on through the dark, even if he had the strength.
The plot is set in a remote island in the Caribbean. Zaroff invested his money well, and when the communists took over, Zaroff beat it to his private island where he could indulge his passion for hunting. Rainsford decides to set a trap for Zaroff. Rainsford hears gunshots, swims toward them, and reaches the shore where he finds a mansion inhabited by the eccentric hunter General Zaroff. He is the mouse, and Zaroff is the cat torturing his prey. This demonstrates Zaroff's twisted logic and his somewhat paradoxical definition of civilization. The other will sleep in this very excellent bed.
These similarities in interest would not be sufficient to argue for any deep similarity between the men by themselves but, as Connell is at great pains to point out, the similarities do not end here. The general was saving him for another day's sport! Before the hunt, when Zaroff and Rainsford are chatting at the castle, Rainsford argues that hunting people is murder. However throughout the course of the evening and dinner, Zaroff's character takes a drastic and radical darkening. The brief exchange highlights Rainsford's outlook on the sport of hunting. Zaroff protests that they have not gone hunting yet, then informs Rainsford that he, in fact, is to be hunted. For one thing, her body becomes the stakes of the game, winner take all if Zaroff is victorious. After getting onto the railing to look for where gunshots had come from, and reaching from his falling pipe and losing grip of the pole.
The author also explores a theme of man and the natural world. GradeSaver, 30 April 2012 Web. My hand was made for the trigger, my father said. General Zaroff and Rainsford are similar and different in many ways, and even though Rainsford believes that Zaroff is a sick individual, at the end of the story he becomes more like Zaroff than he realizes. He spent a year at Georgetown College now University in Washington, D. Democratic and capitalistic economic reforms have failed to stem the widespread poverty, inflation, and lack of goods and services that affect the majority of the people. Hunting has become dull and he needs something new to hunt.
It is a paradox that haunts the text. This is a tolerable extrapolation, awkwardly extended, perhaps, but tolerable. Upon waking up, he sets out to look for food. Zaroff says that he loved that hound … because he was the best in the pack. When people are faced with danger, they will do anything to protect themselves even if it results to death. Throughout the entirety of the short story, Connell shows a character change of a main character, Rainsford, who is at a constant battle with General Zaroff, the antagonist.