Compare and Contrast
(The Snyper & The Most Dangerous Game)
The story The Sniper takes place during the civil war in Dublin, where a single sniper waits on a roof top to eliminate any threat from the oposing forces. This story is very tense right from the begining as soon as he noticed the enemys watching him and a bullet comes close to hitting him. This story’s opening is one that catches your attention and gets you really focussed on the story. The Most Dangerous Game on the other hand starts out with a reputed hunter falls off the yacht he was on and ends up on an unfamiliar island. In which he finds General Zaroff only then does the good part of the story begin, yes the start of this story was a bit slow but once the game starts it is hard to stop reading. The simularities were the moods of the main characters during the story, the sniper and Sanger Rainsford were both very calm even when their situations turned for the worst.
The Most Dangerous Game takes place for the most part on the island that Sanger Rainsford ends up on after facing the ocean current. Outdoors in the jungle is where all the action took place. The Sniper takes place in Dublin during the civil war, the story unfolds entirly on the rooftop where the sniper was.
The theme of The Sniper was the civil war and how war can destroy a man both in body and mind for the rest of his life. Liam OFlaherty suggests the horror of war not only by presenting its physical dangers, but also by showing its psychological effects. We are left to wonder which has the longer lasting effect-the visible physical scars or the ones on the inside? The theme of The Most Dangerous Game was hunter hunted and shows the author’s point of view on how one who has intellect can overcome one who has intelligence or instinct. The two stories are similar in showing that even under pressure a man can use his reasoning to keep him alive.
In The Most Dangerous Game the characters in the story were Sanger Rainsford and General Zaroff. Now in the story Sanger Rainsford is the victim, and General Zaroff is the predator. Sanger Rainsford was a hunter, he was fearless, brave, strong, and smart. He claims that he is superior to the animals that he kills. But when he is being hunted himself, his point of view changes. General Zaroff is a hunter, he hunts animals for sport. He goes on a deserted island and hunts animals. A while has passed and it looks like all the animals on the island have been hunted and killed. General Zaroff then finds Sanger Rainsford washed up onto the island and he thinks, and thinks him to be a very worthy pray. So General Zaroff becomes a people hunter, and Sanger Rainsford becomes his victim. In the story The Sniper The main character is the sniper and we only really learn about his character, he is an intelligent man who has superior skills in his field of sniping. We see this after he was hit in his arm and he raises his hat and when the enemy fires at it he lets the hat and his gun fall leading the enemy to belive he was hit. His ability to keep his calm was the main factor in his survival.
Liam O’Flaherty uses a lot of description with no direct speech, not even what the sniper is thinking to himself. The story is told in a narative style this give us a more descriptive plot we learn all the details of the story, without any direct speech. The Most Dangerous Game was almost entirly dircet speech, but it still had a lot of despriction, using the narative and direct speech styles we learn more about the characters and their traits.
The Sniper had much suspense in it each passing sentence got you more on the eadge of your seat. The biggist suspense scene was when the sniper made the enemy think he was dead, and waiting for the enemy to come up and see his kill. Then after the sniper shot the enemy and it ended when he looked at the enemy and saw his brother’s face. The suspenful parts of The Most Dangerous Game began after Sanger Rainsford placed all the traps and ended when General Zaroff returned to his chateau after hunting.
The simularities in the plot are that the main character wins. In The Most Dangerous Game it is the mouse that wins the game. In The Sniper it is the cat that wins the game. These two stories are based upon cat and mouse and how people can get too caught up in it when killing becomes a game to them they forget who is really innocent and who is really the enemy.
The endings of these stories both have a twist. The Sniper ends when the sniper looks at the “enemy” he has just killed and sees his brother and he realises that the “enemy” wasn’t really the enemy. Now The Most Dangerous Game ends with a real twist that is the mouse kills the cat or the hunted kills the hunter. it shows that an animal is most dangerous when it is at bay.
In conclusion, The 8 aspects of fiction used by Richard Cornell in the, The Most Dangerous Game, was mainly to reveal his point of view that one who has intellect can overcome one who has intelligence or instinct. The characters played a part of the story, in which you can find the good guy and the bad guy. The story at the end, the hunted, Sanger Rainsford makes it out alive using his knowledge and reason. The plot used by the author makes sure the story makes sense and goes in order. The setting gives scenes very important in making the story viewable in the mind of the reader. The suspense keeps readers attracted to the story until the end. The foreshadowing is the clues given out by the author to help the reader make inferences about the story. Fantasy makes the reader suspend his/her disbelief that all the things that are happening in the story are in fact real and have actually happened. And Finally Images were given to the reader to help him/her picture the story in their mind. So I can say that the authors hypothesis was proven, that one who has intellect could overcome one who has intelligence or instinct.
In the story The Sniper. The sniper develops insensitivity to death during the war. When he kills the old woman, shes trying to run away and isnt really a threat. He even utters a cry of joy when he finally shoots the enemy sniper. This shows how war can get people caught up in the cat-and-mouse game aspect of it and forget what theyre actually doing-killing people. People get so caught up in the game that they dont think about the repercussions for their actions.
War is dangerous; however it does more than injure you physically. The Sniper shows how wars effects on the mind can be just as if not more harmful than its physical effects. The psychological effects of war can change a man and last a lifetime.
In my Opinion I found The Most Dangerous Game better, of course they were both great stories but The Most Dangerous Game was more action filled. I liked how Sanger Rainsford used his skills to in the end beat General Zaroff.