"The most dangerous game" by Richard Conel

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Have you ever had feelings about something that later changed? In 'The Most Dangerous Game' by Richard Conel, I will show how one character changes his opinion about something after he has experienced it himself. Almost all of us have said 'Oh that's easy' or 'I could do that any day!' and then find out that the task is harder then it looked. In a summary, 'The Most Dangerous Game' is a story about a man named Rainsford whom gets stranded on an island with a crazed general. This general is named General Zaroff. Rainsford was an excellent hunter who wrote many books about hunting. General Zaroff was a fan of Rainsford's books, so he immediately knew who Rainsford was when he found him. General Zaroff let Rainsford in and treated him to good food and plenty of rest. Zaroff was talking to Rainsford about hunting, and then Zaroff explained his passion, he hunted humans because animals were no challenge.

Rainsford did not like this and tried to avoid Zaroff. Soon after this, Zaroff gave Rainsford a choice, it was either Zaroff would hunt Rainsford for three days or Rainsford will get whipped in the dungeon of Zaroff's home until he agrees to be hunted. Unwillingly, Rainsford picks to go hunting and hopes to survive the three days. If he did live, he would be set free with money and new clothing, so Zaroff says.... On the hunting trip, Rainsford successfully avoids Zaroff for three days by hiding and setting up traps, then he pretends to go to sea by freeing the boats. Finally, he sneaks into Zaroff's room and hides there until Zaroff arrives. Eventually, he confronts Zaroff and fights him to his death. After that, Rainsford gets the best night sleep he has...