Possible Layouts for a Comparison/Contrast Essay:
The published short story versus the 1932 motion picture
“The Most Dangerous Game”

Mr. Dawursk – English 9

 

Structure A: The Block Arrangement of Ideas

 

1.    Paragraph 1: Introduction with Thesis Statement

2.    Paragraph 2: Describe the Beginning of the Story, Location and Time, and Characters from the “The Book”

a.     Beginning of the Story (how Rainsford got off the boat and met Zaroff, the yacht, swimming)

b.    Location and Time (including where the island was located, the different names for the island [Ship Trap) and swamp on the island (Death), the description of it’s appearance (rocks, jungle, cliffs, beach, quick sand, inlet), the environment, the in and outside of the “castle,” and the number of days within the story)

c.     Characters (Rainsford [Sanger], Zaroff [General], Whitney, Ivan, prisoners, yacht passengers [sailors/captain/others], the dogs) including how they looked (clothes, hair, scares), where they were from, and other unique details.

3.    Paragraph 3: Describe the Beginning of the Story, Location and Time, and Characters from the “The Movie”

a.     Beginning of the Story (how Rainsford got off the boat and met Zaroff, channel markers, the yacht, swimming, explosion, sharks)

b.    Location and Time (including where the island was located, the different names for the island [Break) and swamp on the island (Fog), the description of it’s appearance (rocks, jungle, cliffs, beach, quick sand, inlet), the environment, the in and/outside of the “castle,” and the number of days within the story)

c.     Characters (Rainsford [Robert], Zaroff [Count], Doctor, Ivan, additional servants, Eve, Martin, prisoners, yacht passengers [sailors/captain/others], the dogs) including how they looked (clothes, hair, scares), where they were from, and other unique details.

4.    Paragraph 4: Describe the Beliefs, Desires, Goals and Dialogue, Weapons and Traps, and the Ending of the Story from the “The Book”

a.    Beliefs, Desires, Goals and Dialogue of the characters (hunter/huntee, cat and mouse, “playing with him,” nerve, )

b.    Weapons and Traps used (Hand Gun [pistol], hunting knife, Malay man catcher, Burmese tiger pit, Ugandan sapling-knife trap, dogs)

c.     Ending of the Story (who won, how Rainsford escaped, where and how did Zaroff die)

5.    Paragraph 5: Describe the Beliefs, Desires, Goals and Dialogue, Weapons and Traps, and the Ending of the Story from the “The Movie”

a.    Beliefs, Desires, Goals and Dialogue of the characters (hunter/huntee, cat and mouse, “playing with him,” nerve, )

b.    Weapons and Traps used (TaTa War Bow, Rifle, Hand Gun [pistol], hunting knife, Malay man catcher, Burmese tiger pit, spear, dogs)

c.     Ending of the Story (who won, how Rainsford escaped, where and how did Zaroff die)

6.    Paragraph 6: Conclusion with reworded Thesis Statement

 

Structure B: The Point-By-Point

 

1.    Paragraph 1: Introduction with Thesis Statement

2.    Paragraph 2: Topic #1:
Compare and contrast the
Beginning of the Story (how Rainsford got off the boat and met Zaroff, channel markers, the yacht, swimming, explosion, sharks)

3.    Paragraph 3: Topic #2:
Compare and contrast the Location and Time (including where the island was located, the different names for the island [Break/Ship Trap) and swamp on the island (Fog/Death), the description of it’s appearance (rocks, jungle, cliffs, beach, quick sand, inlet), the environment, the differences in /outside the “castle,” and the number of days within the story)

4.    Paragraph 4: Topic #3:
Compare and contrast the
Characters (Rainsford [Sanger/Robert], Zaroff [General/Count], Whitney, Ivan, additional servants, Eve, Martin, prisoners, yacht passengers [sailors/captain/others], the dogs) including how they looked (clothes, hair, scares), where they were from, and other unique details.

5.    Paragraph 5: Topic #4:
Compare and contrast the
Beliefs, Desires, Goals and Dialogue of the characters (hunter/huntee, cat and mouse, “playing with him,” nerve, )

6.    Paragraph 6: Topic #5:
Compare and contrast the
Weapons and Traps used (TaTa War Bow, Rifle, Hand Gun [pistol], hunting knife, Malay man catcher, Burmese tiger pit, Ugandan sapling-knife trap, spear, dogs)

7.    Paragraph 7: Topic #6: Compare and contrast the Ending of the Story (who won, how Rainsford escaped, where and how did Zaroff die)

8.    Paragraph 8: Conclusion with reworded Thesis Statement

 

Developed by Glen Dawursk, Jr. 10/14/10