Hiding from those who would find him and carry out the wrath of vengeance upon him, the protagonist plans his escape. About to dive in the rancid water and swim for it, a body in the shallows abruptly stops him. The bloated and decomposing corpse pulls the narrator back from his adrenaline-induced frenzy. After a few moments, he settles and reflects, “I thought about him, fog on the lake, insects chirring eerily, and felt the tug of fear, felt the darkness opening up inside me like a set of jaws. Who was he, I wondered, this victim of time and circumstance bobbing sorrowfully in the lake at my back” (193). The narrator can almost envision himself as the man whose corpse is before him. Both deceased from mysterious causes, involved in shady activities, and left to rot in the stagnant lake water, and never to be discovered by the outside world. This marks the point where the main character is the closest he has ever been to death. Although he makes it out alive, the protagonist and his outlook on life are forever changed.
As any curious hunter would do when hearing three gunshots, Rainsford jumped to attention, What many hunters wouldn't expect is that Rainsford was on a boat, headed towards Rio de Janeiro, and those shots came from “Ship-Trap Island” a place that “so to speak can broadcast vibrations of evil” (Connel,790). Rainsford quickly jumped up on the railing to get a better view of the island when his pipe struck a rope, he lunged for his pipe. Being off balanced to begin with, he plunged into the sea and towards the infamous “Ship-Trap Island”. Throughout his death defying journey on “Ship-Trap Island”, Rainsford faces an internal conflict and develops from a realist to an idealist.
He was in a picture with a frame of water, and his operations, clearly, must take place within that frame”. The author explains that Rainsford is a tough and determined man; he is facing distressing situations, but he is not afraid or nervous; instead, he is dealing with the situations vigorously and solving the problem using creativity.
Connell was able to make the water of the Caribbean feel as if it were a truly spooky. By using descriptive words such as eerie, dark, and blood-warm, Connell is able to portray how creepy the sea was. While Rainsford was on the island the tone inclines as too if this was a horror story. The island is described as basically a frightening jungle including a deadly swamp and quicksand as possible threats. The castle is viewed as a haunted house, with blood-thirsty hounds keeping Zaroff company. However, no matter how spooky this all truly sounds the suspense is what really keeps the reader involved, provoking his / hers imagination. This keeps the reader interested in what’s happening and keeps them wondering what will come next. Connell makes sure to keep us guessing as to what will occur next with Rainsford throughout the hunting game played with Zaroff. Finally we learn that Rainsford wins the game by surviving for three days on the island. Here the reader could perceive that thought that the story is over, but it isn’t. Rainsford then challenges Zaroff to a fight to the death; however, this is not included in the story. We can imply that Rainsford won the fight by Connell using including this statement, “He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided.” (Paragraph 208). This goes to show that Rainsford has won the challenge against Zaroff and despite of all the
After a good night’s sleep, Rainsford leaves Zaroff’s home and ventures into the deep, untamed jungle of Ship-Trap thinking of a way off the nightmare of an island. After an hour or so of walking, Rainsford's stomach grumbles as loud as it possibly could, and echoes deep into the jungle. He said to himself “Boy, Zaroff really could have offered a young fellow some breakfast. “After all, it is the most important meal of the day”. He continues walking until suddenly an arrow hits the tree right in front of him. Taken off guard, he falls to the ground panicked. He looks all around him but sees nothing. He slowly gets up and turns to the tree that the arrow struck. He yanks the arrow out of the tree and examines it, noticing the name Yelena carved
When world renowned hunter, Sanger Rainsford ends up marooned on an island, he finds himself in an unimaginable word. A world full of murder. He must find a way to save himself and the ones around him. Rainsford is the lesser of two evils he may have a passion for hunting but unlike General Zaroff he has limits, Rainsford kills Zaroff to save himself and many future victims.
I’ve never written a journal entry but I’ve always wanted to get my words out somewhere. It’s
As I inched my way toward the cliff, my legs were shaking uncontrollably. I could feel the coldness of the rock beneath my feet when my toes curled around the edge in one last futile attempt at survival. My heart was racing like a trapped bird, desperate to escape. Gazing down the sheer drop, I nearly fainted; my entire life flashed before my eyes. I could hear stones breaking free and fiercely tumbling down the hillside, plummeting into the dark abyss of the forbidding black water. The trees began to rapidly close in around me in a suffocating clench, and the piercing screams from my friends did little to ease the pain. The cool breeze felt like needles upon my bare skin, leaving a trail of goose bumps. The threatening mountains surrounding me seemed to grow more sinister with each passing moment, I felt myself fighting for air. The hot summer sun began to blacken while misty clouds loomed overhead. Trembling with anxiety, I shut my eyes, murmuring one last pathetic prayer. I gathered my last breath, hoping it would last a lifetime, took a step back and plun...
It was the third day of the winter holidays when Anmol called us up to the jetty, it wasn’t normal to be out on the water at this time of year. The screeching winds tore over the horizon and collided with the small yachts tied in an uneven pattern all around us. The constant noise of clattering was annoying but quite memorising and the salt was already starting to
Little does he know everything has just begun. Rainsford introduces himself to a new character, General Zaroff. Rainsford slowly learns about Zaroff’s strange and inhuman hunting game. In no time Zaroff sends Rainsford onto the island to get away and survive the hunt. Rainsford is in panic trying to get away from Zaroff alive. He knows that he must stay sharp so he tells himself “ I will not lose my nerve.”(12). Without the conflict of Man vs. Himself the short story would lose its suspense and we would not know what is going on inside of Rainsford’s head in this extremmely stressful