This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Destructors Vs. The Most Dangerous Game

1398 words - 6 pages

In short fiction stories, the main ideas that the author is trying to communicate are conveyed through the use of developing elements such the setting and characterization. Specifically, these two elements of short story fiction are particularly fascinating and extremely effective in communicating the true “meat” of the stories and communicating the big picture and point of the story. In reading “The Destructors” by Graham Greene and also “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell, the use of setting and characterization truly enhance the stories to a point to where the reader truly understands the deeper meaning behind the stories. Although these stories are completely different in ...view middle of the document...

We then get an inside look at one of the gang’s meetings and we see that with no real approval from the group, the new member named “T” is taking lead of the weak minded in the group and becoming the new alpha male. The completely destructed setting creates a picture of brokenness and the product of chaos and is a symbol in itself of destruction. Clearly the setting has a depressing and negative effect on the gang and also “Old Misery”, the old man who owned the leaning house. With such a broken setting the reader is prepared for even more brokenness and more specifically destruction.
In the same manner of “The Destructors”, the setting of “The Most Dangerous Game” is masterfully created. The opening sentence makes the reader want to know more and keep reading the story. “Off there to the right, there’s a large island…It’s rather a mystery”. We see that the two men are on their way to a Jaguar hunt, and are on a yacht in the middle of the night. The conversation that is heard between Whitney and Rainsford reveals the entire meaning of the story. Whitney states that the hunted Jaguars must experience real fear while Rainsford denies this idea and enjoys mindless hunting. The creepiness of the setting begins when the name of the mysterious island is revealed to be called “the ship trap” according to “the old maps”. The reality of a possible incident begins to set in when Connell writes, “But even you can’t see four miles on a moonless Caribbean night.” The protagonist “Rainsford” then adds, “Nor four yards. Ugh, it’s like moist black velvet”. With the darkness so thick like black velvet, the setting is symbolic of evil, the unknown and fear. It is not only symbolic, but also seemingly real. Any person who has spent time on the water at night knows the eeriness that can intrude when darkness shrouds visibility. Once Rainsford falls off the boat and makes his way onto the island, traverses through the jungle and arrives at the compound of antagonist General Zaroff, the setting changes from mysterious and eerie to dark and ominous. This setting symbolizes the fear that this story is based upon. While this setting is seemingly real, there is a fantasy-like element that is present. I think Connell uses this fantasy like setting on the island to focus on the meaning of the story rather than to depict it as a real place.
The characterization that is present in “the Destructors” is tremendously used to depict the meaning of the story. We see the two primary member’s of the gang, Blackie and T. Blackie is the leader of the group and is not a nice kid. When Old Misery tries to offer Blackie some chocolates, he sees it as an act of bribery to get the gang to stop bouncing balls off the side of his house. He then gathers the gang to bounce the ball all morning one day, and only does this to show that the gang does what they want, when they want and simply out of spite. “T” is said to have had “every...

Other Papers Like The Destructors vs. the Most Dangerous Game

Literary Fiction vs Commercial Fiction, the Most Dangerous Game and Hunters in the Snow

854 words - 4 pages “The Most Dangerous game” (Connell) and “Hunters in the Snow” (Wolff) are both fictional short stories. Even though both stories are about hunting, they each depict hunting differently. Connell’s story demonstrates a commercial fiction style of writing, while “Hunters in the Snow” (Wolff) is written using the literary fiction style. Commercial fiction is written with the purpose to entertain and to let the reader escape into an imaginary

Lottery Vs. The Destructors Essay

1055 words - 5 pages The Lottery vs the Destructors Thesis In Shirley Jackson’s, “The Lottery”, and Graham Greene’s “The Destructors”, the author creates a story filled with symbolism, irony, grim reality, and a ritualized tradition that masks evil, which ultimately showcases how people blindly follow tradition. Outline I. Introduction II. Setting B. Time Period III. Plot A. What messages are seen in both stories IV. Characters A. Main

The Lottery vs the Destructors

1077 words - 5 pages Thesis In Shirley Jackson’s, “The Lottery”, and Graham Greene’s “The Destructors”, the author creates a story filled with symbolism, irony, grim reality, and a ritualized tradition that masks evil, which ultimately showcases how people blindly follow tradition. Outline I. Introduction II. Setting B

The Destructors

683 words - 3 pages The gang members in Graham Greene’s “The Destructors” are catastrophic young children and teenagers who are unfortunately being greatly affected by their surroundings. Placed in wartime London, their town is in rubble from bombings. Peer pressure is no help when a destructive surrounding and vulnerable ages are strongly influencing the instinctive human behavior of the members, which causes many of their horrific actions. The characters of

Fiction Essay "The Destructors"

866 words - 4 pages in a shed outside his house until he was done with his plan. Even one of the members of the gang questions why he wanted to destroy the house. Trevor simply said, “To see the look on his face.” References Connell, Richard (1924). The Most Dangerous Game. Greene, Graham (1954). The Destructors.

The Lottery Versus Destructors

981 words - 4 pages Fiction Essay Thesis and Outline ENGL 102-B06 LUO 201340 Fall 2013 Kevin Prohaska ID# 25391876 Writing style used: MLA Kevin Prohaska Dr. Suzanne Penner 201340 Fall 2013 ENGL 102-B06 LUO 20 August 2013 Comparison of the Lottery and the Destructors: Settings * Compare the settings of each story to each other. * Could the settings have been changed and the punch of the story still be there? * The symbolism of the

The Lottery and the Destructors

889 words - 4 pages Running head: “ THE LOTTERY” AND “ THE DESTRUCTORS” 1 Compare And Contrast Randall W. Ames ENG 102 Liberty University “THE LOTTERY” AND “ THE DESTRUCTORS” 2 I. Introduction II. Setting the atmosphere III. Society’s responsibility for how protagonist behave IV. Tessie’s Struggle to be accepted vs. Trevor’s


825 words - 4 pages THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: DANIEL ELLSBERG AND THE PENTAGON PAPERS Daniel Ellsberg is a prime example of how one can be a traitor yet a hero at the same time and how one person can go from being the problem to being the solution. “You should not cooperate with evil.” These are words that Ellsberg would come to repeat and learn to live by. Before the Pentagon Papers even existed or had a name, Ellsberg tells viewers how he was

Comparison and Contrast of the Lottery and the Destructors

1076 words - 5 pages The Lottery vs. The Destructors Comparison and Contrast of The Lottery and The Destructors Elyse Carbajal Liberty University The Lottery vs. the Destructors Thesis In The Destructors by Graham Greene and The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson’s, the authors produce stories filled with irony, grim reality, which is filled with symbolism. Moreover, they mask evil, which ultimately showcases how individuals sightlessly follow tradition

The Destructors

827 words - 4 pages Bible Study September 9, 2015 Pastor Carmon Acts 3:15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses. Meaning author of life, natural, spiritual, and eternal. He is also the author of a spiritual resurrection from the death of sin, to the life of grace. It is all because of Jesus we have the right to the tree of life which give us

The Dangerous Lunacy Of Hamlet

1177 words - 5 pages "The World will not end with a whisper, but with a boom!" As it is William Shakespeare, the greatest playwright's most studied and intriguing tragedy is Hamlet. William Shakespeare well-known for his ability to establish a realistic plot, handle themes and develop characters within his plays, which sets him apart from other playgoers. In the play Hamlet Act III - Scene II effectively emphasizes the theme of madness. This theme also connects to

Related Essays

The Lottery Vs The Most Dangerous Game

1185 words - 5 pages values human life or anything except themselves. Not only is it wrong but the question looms, will it ever changes? The two fictional short stories, “The Lottery” and “The Most Dangerous Game” both exhibit characteristics of selfishness, cruelty and violence toward ones fellowman. These writings hold great truths because they present what could be real life situations today. In comparing and contrasting the two we find how each of these fictional

The Most Dangerous Game Critique Essay

764 words - 4 pages Critique “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Edward Connell, is a suspenseful story full of conflict and strategy. The details and events in the story are written in a way that express stereotyping and discrimination. Although the author is extremely biased throughout the story, it is considered his best piece of literature. This story is about a world renowned hunter, Sanger Rainsford, who is sailing to Brazil to hunt jaguars. As his ship

The Most Dangerous Game Essay

701 words - 3 pages “The Most Dangerous Game” is a short story written by Richard Connell. In this literary selection two hunters, Sanger Rainsford and General Zaroff have very different views on how a man should hunt. Throughout Richard’s Connell’s story, he shows how the personalities between Rainsford and General Zaroff reveal their civilized and uncivilized traits when both men are playing a deathly game. Rainsford is a well-bred hunter with

The Most Dangerous Game Character Essay

720 words - 3 pages Alison Pittuck Ms. Doher ENG 3U0 February 28, 2014 In our society, people would rather read a book about someone getting hunted rather than a sappy love story. In the book, The Most Dangerous Game written by Richard Connell, General Zaroff is hunting Sanger Rainsford throughout the woods. It starts out by Rainsford falling off a yacht and swimming to an island that is said to be haunted, he finds himself in front of a huge mansion where