Most Dangerous Game vs. Young Goodman Brown

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Fiction Essay

COURSE # and TITLE: ENGL 102: Literature and Composition


NAME: Nick Barbir ID #_23920518_


Nick Barbir

Mrs. Horne

ENGL 102-B19

6 February 2012

The Most Dangerous Game vs. Young Goodman Brown
In two of the most well-known short stories, “The Most Dangerous Game” and “Young Goodman Brown”, there are ironic similarities portraying evil between their settings, characterization, and plot. I. There happen to be different settings in both of the short stories but both of the settings adapt well with their plots.
a. In the short story, “The Most Dangerous Game” the setting takes place in the early 1920’s after the First World
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During these infamous trials, twenty innocent women and men were found guilty of witchcraft and then eventually executed. Salem was a town of theocracy in which the Christian moral law was supreme as interpreted by the Puritan settlers. Although in both of these classic short stories the settings are different, they both express evil and enhance what goes on throughout the plot.
The characters in both of these short stories have close similarities to each other as they both demonstrate good and evil traits, which help the plot flow. The main characters in “The Most Dangerous Game” are Sanger Rainsford, General Zaroff, Whitney, and Ivan. Sanger Rainsford is known as a very intelligent, and experienced American hunter as well as the story’s protagonist. General Zaroff is a Russian Cossack who lives on Ship-Trap Island, who takes pride in hunting men for sport. Whitney is Rainsford’s best friend and traveling partner throughout the story. Ivan is a Cossack as well as Zaroff’s mute assistant with the misfortune of being deaf and dumb. The main characters in the story “Young Goodman Brown” are Goodman Brown, Faith, the old man/devil figure, the minister, Goody Cloyse, and Deakon Gookin. Young Goodman Brown is the most important main character of the story as he is in the middle of a crisis with his wife and is becoming drawn in by the devil. Faith is most importantly Goodman Brown’s wife, but she also resembles his faith, either as a religious faith or a faith in mankind.