Good And Evil In Richard Connell's The Most Dangerous Game

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Everyone is capable of engaging in cruel and harsh acts. It is natural to have these tendencies. Even though it’s natural to have some bad moments; the bad should not take over and control us. Human Nature is very complex and has different aspects such as good and bad. The good traits include ambition and survival. The bad include traits such as violence and evil. It is in our nature to react callously when we feel threatened or under pressure by those around us.
When we are young, the people around us have a huge impact on our lives. The examples they set are what we perceive as being right. In The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell, General Zaroff declares “My hand was made for the trigger, my father said...When I was only five years old he gave me a little gun” (7). Because he was introduced to such brutality when he was an adolescent he believes hunting others is acceptable. A second example of this is found in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, the villagers
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Mrs. Hutchinson realizes this when she wins the lottery and screams “It isn't fair, it isn't right” (Jackson 7). She, as well as the other villagers, never think about what they were doing until she is about to be killed. When Mrs. Hutchinson is about to be killed it causes her to think about what they were doing, she realized that the murdering their neighbors is wrong. Rainsford states “Hunting? Great Guns, General Zaroff, what you speak of is murder.(Connell 9)" This suggests that Rainsford now knows that the game still feel fear, earlier in the story he declares that the game did not feel fear. Rainsford also realizes that hunting is wrong. When personally affected, they become aware that what they are doing is wrong. However, they continue to only care about themselves. Although they really only care about their own life they understand that the murders were