Terry W. Thompson

Terry W. Thompson explored the ideas that “The Most Dangerous Game” was writing with a satanic vision in mind, concentrating on the use of certain names and description throughout the story. Terry W. Thompson analysed Richards past and compared the used the location and the name of General Zaroff, placing the inspiration of the story line as part of his memories from his time in the war. Also Terry express the idea that this story was not writing strictly for entertainment like most or Richard Connell’s work.  

“Although still enjoyed annually by readers as a thrilling example of the ironic “hunter-becomes-the-hunted” narrative (then quickly dismissed as little more than a prose comic book adventure), “The Most Dangerous Game” deserves a deeper analysis and a better reputation. This brief tale subtly addresses–via the contrasting personalities of two violent men–some of the most crucial political and social issues of the tumultuous and uncertain 1920s. In Sanger Rainsford–the rugged American individualist–democratic optimism and Emersonian self-reliance are brought to the fore to vanquish the embodiment of an outdated, intractable, and decadent colonial system that has outlived its time yet still clings stubbornly to the remnants of old grandeur and martial glory, however tattered or decrepit. In essence, a tidal wave of historical change is sweeping aside General Zaroff’s Old World order, while Sanger Rainsford rides bravely along on the progressive crest of the New.”

Source: Thompson, Terry W. “Connell’s The Most Dangerous Game.” The Explicator 60.2 (2002): 86+. Literature Resources from Gale. Web. 30 July 2011



David Kippen

David Kippen again critics uses of stereotypes with in his stories. Expressing the idea that even through “The Most Dangerous Game” had some substance behind it, Richard Connell’s primary focus was to entertain readers. This essay also elaborates on the uses of character names and setting in the story that might have some similarities to what Richard Connell might have experienced in the past.  
“As is the case with most authors who make their mark (and livelihood) in the genre of adventure fiction, Richard Connell (1893-1949) deals in easily recognizable stereotypes rather than fully-developed, introspective characters. His primary interest is in crafting fast-paced stories of manly deeds, not [Henry] Jamesian studies of interior life. This being the case, it is not surprising that most of his fiction has disappeared from sight, replaced by more modern treatments of more modern stereotypes. One story, however, “The Most Dangerous Game,” has escaped this oblivion. What is it that kept this particular story from disappearing? Despite its apparent weakness in character development and often wooden dialogue, the story has two great strengths, both of which contribute in equal measure to its long-term success. The story is an extremely successful example of the adventure genre, and the stereotypes Connell uses to create the dynamic balance from which its action springs evoke allegories which remain relevant today.”

Source: David Kippen, for Short Stories for Students, Gale Research, 1997.



Rena Korb

Rena Korb summarizes Richard Connell’s life and career. Richard had many job throughout his career, everything from journalist to screenplay writer. Rena critics the plot that “The Most Dangerous Game” is base on, claiming that even though the plot is simplistic that it captivated readers from the very beginning. Richard Connell wrote for entertainment purposes and almost all of his short stories were nail biters from the very beginning.

Source: Rena Korb, for Short Stories for Students, Gale Research, 1997