What Is a Mancatcher in Malay?

The Malay mancatcher is a type of trap featured in Richard Connell’s “The Most Dangerous Game.” Sanger Rainsford, a hunter, designed this trap, which consists of a weighted log hooked to a trigger.

Rainsford and his companion Whitney travel to Rio de Janeiro to hunt jaguars in this narrative. They meet General Zaroff, who is also a large game hunter, once they arrive. Rainsford becomes the hunted after declining to join Zaroff’s quest.

Rainsford invents the Malay mancatcher during the chase, injuring Zaroff’s shoulder and forcing him to return home for the night. The mancatcher is made up of two trees, one dead and the other alive, with a trigger that causes the dead tree to fall and hit the general.

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Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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