The Midnight Society: "The Most Dangerous Game" Discussion

Thursday, October 22, 2020

"He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided."

Did a satisfied, slightly creeped-out smile spread over your face as you read this last line? I've read this story numerous times, but I still love the refined yet inhuman General Zaroff and his underestimation of his quarry, Sanger Rainsford.

Submitted for the approval of The Midnight Society: this week's discussion on Richard Connell's tale of terror, "The Most Dangerous Game." 

1. General Zaroff says, "There is no greater bore than perfection." Explain what he means. Is there an example from your life that proves this to be true?

2. What is the double meaning in the use of the word "game" in the title?

3. What is borscht? What's symbolically significant about this being Zaroff’s meal when we first meet him?

4. What literary element is used when Zaroff says, "We try to be civilized here"? 

5. Do you agree with Zaroff that "instinct is no match for reason"?

I'd love to hear your thoughts on these questions or just if you enjoyed the story and what you liked or disliked about it!

On Monday we'll begin our fifth and final story, the classic "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving. 

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