“The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell

Celebrating 4 years of blogging with this excellent suspenseful short story about the dangerous game of hunting. Much like Ernest Hemingway’s “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber,” this story’s characters will keep every reader guessing.

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The Most Dangerous Game
“The Most Dangerous Game”
Richard Connell
5 book marks

I found this terrific short story in my Norton Introduction to Literature, Second Edition. The editors of this anthology put it right next to one of my favorites by Ernest Hemingway: “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber.” Both stories are about hunting, but they actually appear in the same section because their plots are driven by suspense. Francis Macomber faces the terror of the hunt in Hemingway’s story. But hunting takes a shocking turn in “The Most Dangerous Game” when General Zaroff and an unfortunate visitor to his island play the game to the finish.

It could be, however, that Zaroff has met his match because Sanger Rainsford is an accomplished huntsman with “a certain coolheadedness.”   When Rainsford falls off a ship in the Caribbean, he swims to Ship-Trap Island, a place no man wants to go. But Connell notes…

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5 thoughts on ““The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell

  1. I love that you’re reviewing these classic short stories like “The Most Dangerous Game” and “The Necklace”! They’re two of my favorites, and I used to teach them to my 8th grade English literature students — fond memories!

  2. This story stuck with me forever. Not sure when I first encountered it but I was very young so must have been in elementary or middle school. It’s a great one to introduce students to as it is also alluded to regularly in pop culture. Great story.

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