A BRIGHT FREAKING MAN
I can remember several times seeing people with incredible wits and cleverness, be it in school, on the internet or the daily news with Rhonda Shelby, and while I see
these people do these remarkable things, I am often inclined to wonder this: “why in the world would someone, in any place need to know that?” It’s retarded!...I assumed…. But it wasn’t
until finding one of these kinds of peoples in a story by Richard Connell, “The Most Dangerous Game.” That person found in this story goes by the name Sanger Rainsford, a hunter who has
found himself trapped on an island by a most insane kind of man who wishes to hunt and kill him. All throughout the story, Rainsford demonstrates his intelligence through his actions,
private thoughts, and other people’s reactions towards him.
One of the first reasons Rainsford is so easily rendered smart, is through his actions. This is proven by that which is stated on page 27 which, I believe, certifies Rainsford’s clever
mind: “his mind worked frantically. He thought of a native trick he had learned in Uganda.” But in order for this to be true when proving Rainsford’s brightness, this part of the
context is essential: “General Zaroff was still on his feet. But Ivan was not. The knife, driven by the recoil of the springing tree had not wholly failed.” (Page 27) This
validates that Rainsford is bright because any one who is able to make a trap in the middle of an unfamiliar area, while being hunted with only their wits for protection, and
still capable of killing a man, is obviously the trait of a canny kind of man.
After that, we know that Rainsford is quite the intelligent man by the information we gather through gossip, or other
character’s responses. In this particular story we find a piece of evidence which infers this, and can be found on page 17: “’I’ve read your book about hunting snow leopards in Tibet,
you see,’ explained the man.” More support for that would be: “It’s a very great pleasure and honor to welcome Mr. Sanger Rainsford, the celebrated hunter to my home,” Which is
also found on page 17. A further example of his intellect is found on page 26, which states “Not many men know how to make the malay man catcher!” But how are these statements proof that
ascertain Rainsford’s keen mind? I was hoping you might ask! These prove this because, I’m not sure if it’s just me, but any one who has written a book, and is a celebrated hunter
would have to be smart, not only I, but the man himself would agree that he is smart by stating he is a celebrated hunter also when he makes the Malay Man Catcher, and it is stated
that not many men know how to make them proves just how clever this Rainsford is even in the responses of other characters.
A third reason that we gather this information is through the main character’s private thoughts. I know that
Rainsford is brainy by the excerpt on page 26 “I will not loose my nerve I will not loose my nerve!” with that, I gather that he is quite smart for thinking that, a person in his situation
would be prone to loose their nerve while Rainsford decides to do the smart thing and always remember he must keep his nerve.
Surely now you could agree with me that Rainsford clearly is quite a smarty-pants. Of course we
know this by his actions, which absolutely seep astuteness. Or quite possibly you would commend with me that Rainsford’s private thoughts even scream his lack of asinine.Even
the other character’s responses to him explain his canny mind! And with that, I hope that the next time the thought of wondering why something will be needed in life comes across the
mind, try to remember, it perhaps could work to your advantage…