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Posted: Thursday, October 5, 2017 7:40:17 AM

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Hello respected teachers,

I think most of you have read the short story 'The Most Dangerous Game', or have seen its movie.

In your opinion, which of the main characters (Rainsford and General Zaroff) is more plausible in today's world?

I'd say Rainsford is more plausible because the majority of the people in the world are good-natured, and those who have an attitude like Zaroff's stay in minority.

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Posted: Friday, October 6, 2017 1:20:02 PM
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Unfortunately I've not read the short story you mention and don't know who wrote it. There are only one or two authors whom I read in short-story form; to me short-stories are unsatisfying. Unless, of course, it's a classic master of the genre like E.A.Poe, for example.

That's a shame - enjoy discussions such as the one you proposed.
Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 8:47:15 PM

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I had also never heard of it - it appears to be a 1924 story The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell.
Adapted for film in 1932.
A little before my time (even though I am getting old . . .)

Click on the picture - the article contains a link to the PDF version of the original story AND one to the complete 63-minute film.

Apparently it has the same stars and all the same sets as King Kong.

This is also an experiment.
Can you see the image, Romany?
Does the link work when you click on the image?

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 9:21:23 PM

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It does work, Drago, so hope Ro can see it!

DOOM, I know I've seen or heard the plot before years ago but have no idea where and could not discuss the characters. I doubt I would like that type of story now...

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Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 9:51:27 PM

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Well, now I have read the story - not bad, really.

I found both characters rather 'unreal'.

Zaroff is the stereotype 'evil genius' type - though his genius is only in hunting. Basically a psychopath with no ethics and a disregard for all morals.
He, at least, has realised that 'big game hunting' is not a fair game - it is not a game at all as the hunter has too much of an advantage.

Rainsford has a tiny ethical streak, considering that hunting humans is wrong.
However, he considers killing anything else to be a 'sport'. He has the view that a few should prey on the many.
Basically, he is anti-social.

"The best sport in the world", agreed Rainsford.
"For the hunter", amended Whitney. "Not for the jaguar."
"Don't talk rot, Whitney", said Rainsford. "You're a big-game hunter, not a philosopher. Who cares how a jaguar feels?"
"Perhaps the jaguar does", observed Whitney.
"Bah! They've no understanding."
". . . Be a realist. The world is made up of two classes--the hunters and the huntees. Luckily, you and I are hunters."

They are both 'plausible' - there are some people who feel in these ways; luckily, both types are in the minority.

Hi Hope!
That's good, let's see if it works for Romany, too.
The plot (human hunts human) is rather common.
Apparently, there have been several more recent films DIRECTLY based on this story, but there are also many using the same idea.
I know of Predator and Battle Royale - apparently these were directly ripped-off from this story.
The article mentions others which I've not heard of.
Also Hunger Games follows the theme, Endurance is similar, I think.

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
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