"The Most Dangerous Game" is a short story about a hunter named "Sanger Rainsford" who is marooned on an island after accidentally falling off a yacht and is a highly anthologized story. As the film industry has done many times before and will continue to do so, very popular short stories, such as this one, and books get remade as movies. Traditionally when Hollywood does this, a few liberties are taken and some elements of the original work are changed or eliminated. "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell is no exception.
In the result of the transition of "The Most Dangerous Game" from literature to film, many aspects were altered. Though some are superficial, such as the appearance of "General Zaroff" and the movie's Count Zaroff, or the physical conditions of Ivan, others are quite noticeable. For example, concerning the introduction, the exchange between the short story's "Sanger Rainsford" and the film's Robert Rainsford and Whitney was altered to the extent that new characters were involved in it.
The following scene, regarding the advent of Rainsford to Ship Trap Island, was modified heavily. It was adjusted to the degree that instead of having Rainsford falloff the ship and swimming to Ship Trap Island, his yacht was lured by Zaroff's lights, which were built specifically to lead to dangerous rocks. The ship sank and sharks, with the sole exception of Rainsford, ate everyone aboard. A final decision undertaken was concerned with the scene where Zaroff hunts Rainsford; it was remodeled to the inclusion of an extra character and a shorter time span to survive. Clearly, they're many differences between these two versions.
Yet, in spite of the glaring differences between the two mediums concerning the same subject, there were many elements kept...
Comparison and Contrast Between "The Most Dangerous Game" and "The Child by Tiger"
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As individuals who long to have relationships with others, it is vital to consider the underlying character and moral compass that each possess. As evidenced in “The Child by Tiger” and “The Most Dangerous Game,” one realizes the ability for change or controversy of any individuals nature on the service. In Thomas Wolfe’s “The Child by Tiger” and Richard Connell’s “The Most Dangerous Game,” the characters Dick Prosser and General Zaroff differ; however, they both lead lives characterized by contradiction and corruption.
Dick Prosser (protagonist) leads a very simple life in a time period where there is much racial tension between blacks and whites. He is a black servant for a white family, the Sheppertons; he makes his home in the…show more content…
This arrogant and hardhearted individual is far from the kind and hospitable character portrayed at the beginning of the story. The way Prosser and Zaroff’s characters are depicted when first introduced is not at all who these men prove to be. Thus, both Zaroff and Prosser lead lives of contradiction.
Prosser’s motive for murder is out of anger for the racial discrimination he faces from the towns people. On one occasion while driving through town, a drunken white man in another car hit Prosser. Quickly the man stormed over to Prosser and hit him repeatedly. Prosser did not retaliate, “the Negro took it full in the face again; his hands twitched slightly, but he did not move (p. 3).” If he hit the man back, there may have been serious consequences, possibly losing his life because of his race. Another motive which may have lead Prosser to kill could have been jealousy of Pansy’s husband. Pansy is the cook for the Shepperton family. This is not stated in the text but could be implied since her husband was the first person that Prosser killed on his murderous rampage through town. Prosser and Pansy are said never to speak or look at each other. The conclusion drawn from this could be that Pansy and Prosser had previous relations that ended poorly, yet Prosser’s feelings for her may have never subsided. Therefore, jealousy may have been another motive that drove him to kill. Zaroff’s motive for killing, on the other hand, is