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Though written by different authors Richard Connells The Most Dangerous Game and Thomas Wolfes The Child by Tiger have many aspects in common They also have some distinct differences Despite the fact that Richard Connell and Thomas Wolfe lived at about the same times their lives were very different Connell was born in New York graduated from Harvard and fought in World War I in France for the United States Army On the other hand Wolfe was born in Ashville North Carolina where he spent his whole life The cultural differences in the lives of the authors account for many of the differences in their short stories The Most Dangerous Game and The Child by Tiger both have as protagonists men who contradict themselves In The Most Dangerous Game General Zaroff tries to lead a civilized life with all the modern conveniences of civilizationbut he is on an island in the middle of nowhere His meals are served with style and he is always dressed properly for these meals He said to Sanger Rainsford We do our best to preserve the amenities of civilization here please forgive any lapses We are well off the beaten track you know 13 The fact that Zaroff is so concerned about civility contrasts with the fact that he is indeed hunting human beings In The Child by Tiger Dick Prossers personality shows a jarring dichotomy Though he is a Christian constantly reading his Bible and praying he becomes a murder This is against his faith The sixth commandment says You shall not murder Exodus 2013 NIV The Most Dangerous Game also involved murder General Zaroff deliberately hunts down one man Rainsford while in The Child by Tiger Dick Prosser kills randomly He shoots everyone who happens to be in his way Both stories have a sense of suspense and mystery In The Child by Tiger one wonders why Dick Prosser goes on a murderous rampage after living many docile
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