History Literature / TheMostDangerousGame

16th May '17 9:48:33 AM nombretomado
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* TsaristRussia: "Ivan once had the honor of serving as official [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knout knouter]] to the Great White Czar..."
28th Feb '17 3:16:16 AM Geoduck
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* GilliganCut: As noted above under Duel To The Death, the last line of the story.
26th Feb '17 7:05:08 PM Mhazard
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%%* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: TropeNamer.

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%%* * HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: TropeNamer.{{Trope Namer|s}}, General Zaroff has spent his life hunting every kind of animal imaginable and has grown bored of his hobby. To keep his interest in hunting, Zaroff resorts to hunting the most dangerous game of all - humans.
26th Dec '16 8:55:04 PM foxley
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* HumanHeadOnTheWall: Rainsford finds a human head mounted on Count Zaroff's wall as he searches the mansion.
22nd Oct '16 3:07:53 PM Xtifr
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->This page is about the short story. If a link for a trope about "humans hunting humans" brought you here, please change it to HuntingTheMostDangerousGame.
22nd Oct '16 2:08:21 PM Xtifr
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''The Most Dangerous Game'' (also known as ''The Hounds of Zaroff'') is a 1924 short story by Richard Connell.

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''The "The Most Dangerous Game'' Game" (also known as ''The "The Hounds of Zaroff'') Zaroff") is a 1924 short story by Richard Connell.
21st Oct '16 8:36:36 AM MarkLungo
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"The Most Dangerous Game" (also known as "The Hounds of Zaroff") is a 1924 short story by Richard Connell.

Rainsford, a hunter of big game from New York, finds himself shipwrecked on an island. He finds a big mansion with a bored old general there, who describes his one true passion: hunting. The general tells Rainsford that he only hunts [[TitleDrop the most dangerous game of all]]... humans. The full story can be found [[http://www.classicshorts.com/stories/danger.html here]].

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"The ''The Most Dangerous Game" Game'' (also known as "The ''The Hounds of Zaroff") Zaroff'') is a 1924 short story by Richard Connell.

Rainsford, a hunter of big game from New York, finds himself shipwrecked on an island. He finds a big mansion with occupied by Zaroff, a bored old general there, Russian general, who describes his one true passion: hunting. The general tells Rainsford that he only hunts [[TitleDrop the most dangerous game of all]]... humans. The full story can be found [[http://www.classicshorts.com/stories/danger.html here]].



!!This story provides examples of:

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!!This story provides examples of:
!!The Most Dangerous Tropes:



%%* {{Cossacks}}: Ivan and Zaroff, see HuskyRusskie below.

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%%* {{Cossacks}}: UsefulNotes/{{Cossacks}}: Ivan and Zaroff, see HuskyRusskie below.



-->[[spoiler: He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided]].
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Considering ''everything'' that happened to him, [[spoiler:Rainsford gladly deserves his victory]].

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-->[[spoiler: He "He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided]].
decided."]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Considering ''everything'' that happened to him, [[spoiler:Rainsford gladly greatly deserves his victory]].



%%* TheKillerBecomesTheKilled

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%%* TheKillerBecomesTheKilled* TheKillerBecomesTheKilled: The fate of [[spoiler:General Zaroff]]. Overlaps with HoistByHisOwnPetard and LaserGuidedKarma.



-->"He is a Cossack," said the general, and his smile showed red lips and pointed teeth. "So am I."

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-->"He is a Cossack," [[UsefulNotes/{{Cossacks}} Cossack]]," said the general, and his smile showed red lips and pointed teeth. "So am I."
6th Oct '16 9:10:11 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* HatesEveryoneEqually: Zaroff mentions he doesn't care what race somebody is; to him, they're all prey.



* SocialDarwinist: General Zaroff.

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* SocialDarwinist: TheSocialDarwinist: General Zaroff.



* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Rainsford begins the story thinking the animals he hunts have no feelings, and if they do, who cares how they feel? They're just animals. Then he meets a SocialDarwinist EgomaniacHunter who measures humans and animals equally...


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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Rainsford begins the story thinking the animals he hunts have no feelings, and if they do, who cares how they feel? They're just animals. Then he meets a SocialDarwinist EgomaniacHunter who measures humans and animals equally...
12th Sep '16 8:41:35 AM Scabbard
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* DuelToTheDeath: Rainsford and Zaroff square off at the end of the story; the winner gets to sleep in Zaroff's opulent bed, while the loser's body will be fed to the hounds. [[spoiler: It's pretty clear that Rainsford wins.]]
-->[[spoiler: He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided.]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Connsdering ''everything'' that happened to him, [[spoiler:Rainsford gladly deserves his victory]].

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* DuelToTheDeath: Rainsford and Zaroff square off at the end of the story; the winner gets to sleep in Zaroff's opulent bed, while the loser's body will be fed to the hounds. [[spoiler: It's pretty clear that Rainsford wins.]]
wins]].
-->[[spoiler: He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided.]]
decided]].
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Connsdering Considering ''everything'' that happened to him, [[spoiler:Rainsford gladly deserves his victory]].



* {{Irony}}: A big game hunter who dismisses his friend for empathizing with those they hunt (as he figures [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman "who cares how the animal feels?"]] and [[SocialDarwinist "hunters have the right to do whatever they want to the hunted"]]) gets trapped on an island with another big game hunter who has decided to hunt ''him''. [[spoiler:Rainsfield manages to win his life, though whether he learned from his experience is left open.]]

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* {{Irony}}: A big game hunter who dismisses his friend for empathizing with those they hunt (as he figures [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman "who cares how the animal feels?"]] and [[SocialDarwinist "hunters have the right to do whatever they want to the hunted"]]) gets trapped on an island with another big game hunter who has decided to hunt ''him''. [[spoiler:Rainsfield manages to win his life, though whether he learned from his experience is left open.]]open]].
29th Aug '16 4:35:06 PM mlsmithca
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* [[spoiler: EarnYourHappyEnding: Connsdering ''everything'' that happened to him, Rainsford gladly deserves his victory]].

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* [[spoiler: EarnYourHappyEnding: Connsdering ''everything'' that happened to him, Rainsford [[spoiler:Rainsford gladly deserves his victory]].



* {{Irony}}[=/=]LaserGuidedKarma: A big game hunter who dismisses his friend for empathizing with those they hunt (as he figures [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman "who cares how the animal feels?"]] and [[SocialDarwinist "hunters have the right to do whatever they want to the hunted"]]) gets trapped on an island with another big game hunter who has decided to hunt ''him''. [[spoiler:Rainsfield manages to win his life, though whether he learned from his experience is left open.]]

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* {{Irony}}[=/=]LaserGuidedKarma: {{Irony}}: A big game hunter who dismisses his friend for empathizing with those they hunt (as he figures [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman "who cares how the animal feels?"]] and [[SocialDarwinist "hunters have the right to do whatever they want to the hunted"]]) gets trapped on an island with another big game hunter who has decided to hunt ''him''. [[spoiler:Rainsfield manages to win his life, though whether he learned from his experience is left open.]]



* ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld: Or rather "classes," regardless of species: the hunter and the huntee. Both Rainsford and Zaroff start off with this philosophy, but while Rainsford means humans are the hunters and animals are the huntees, Zaroff includes humans in the latter category.



* ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld: Or rather "classes," regardless of species: the hunter and the huntee. Both Rainsford and Zaroff start off with this philosophy, but while Rainsford means humans are the hunters and animals are the huntees, Zaroff includes humans in the latter category.



* HotterAndSexier: The film, compared with the original story. Sexual deviance is a major theme of the pre-Code movie.
** Check out the look of naked lust that Eve gives Rainsford while Zaroff is yammering on in the lounge room.

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* HotterAndSexier: The film, compared with the original story. Sexual deviance is a major theme of the pre-Code movie.
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movie. Check out the look of naked lust that Eve gives Rainsford while Zaroff is yammering on in the lounge room.
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