The characters in Richard Connell's short story "The Most Dangerous Game" are Sanger Rainsford, General Zaroff, Whitney and Ivan. Sanger Rainsford is the protagonist, and General Zaroff is the antagonist in this story where big game hunting reaches a frightening level. Whitney is a character seen only in the beginning of the story as he is travelling with Rainsford, and Ivan is Zaroff's assistant.Know More
Rainsford and Whitney are travelling together on a hunting trip when Whitney points out a mysterious island called Ship-Trap Island off in the distance. This incident and the discussion the two subsequently have about hunters and the hunted serve as foreshadowing of what Rainsford is about to endure. Rainsford finds himself on Ship-Trap Island later than night and soon finds out what it feels like to be the prey. A calm and intelligent man, Rainsford becomes the prey of a ruthless Cossack killer, General Zaroff. Bored with having successfully hunted all kinds of big game, Zaroff turns to hunting a more intelligent prey: humans. Both men find themselves involved in the hunting expedition of their lives.
The alternative to joining in this expedition for Rainsford is death at the hands of Ivan. Rainsford and Zaroff match wits quite well throughout the hunt, but Ivan is not so fortunate. He is killed in a trap set by Rainsford. When Rainsford jumps off a cliff into the waters below, Zaroff goes back home only to find his "prey" waiting for him. A fight follows in which Zaroff is killed, and Rainsford sleeps in a "comfortable bed" that night with a new perspective of what the prey endures.Learn More
The short story "The Dog of Pompeii" is historical fiction, meaning the story takes place in historical times, yet characters and plot elements are exaggerated or invented by imaginatively reconstructing historical events. In this case, the eruption of Mount Vesuvius is a real event, but the dog's story is fictionalized.Full Answer >
Realistic fiction is fiction that uses imagined characters in situations that either actually happened in real life or are very likely to happen. It further extends to characters reacting in realistic ways to real-life type situations. The definition is sometimes combined with contemporary realism, which shows realistic characters dealing with realistic social issues such as divorce, drug abuse, teenage pregnancy and more.Full Answer >
In J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit," Bilbo Baggins and the dwarves escape the wood elves by hiding themselves in empty barrels, which are then released into the river and float the characters away to safety. Bilbo is able to orchestrate the escape by using his ring to become invisible and avoid detection by the elves.Full Answer >
Montag and Faber are characters in the book "Fahrenheit 451" and they devise a plan that involves planting books in the homes of firemen to help to discredit them and destroy censorship. The two have a radio earpiece that they call the "green bullet" and use so that they can talk to one another while Montag plants the books.Full Answer >