The Most Dangerous Game

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“Most Dangerous Game Essay” In the suspenseful short story, “The Most Dangerous Game”, there are many literary elements evident. The suspenseful theme throughout the story keeps the reader' s attention as imagery , foreshadowing and characterizations shape the unexpected outcomes. Richard Connell, the author, takes the reader to a dark and cruel ‘palatial chateau’, to meet a man so sinister and ‘bizarre’. The hunting game played is deadly, cruel and inhumane. Characterization is the act of creating and developing a character and they can be both direct and indirect. General Zaroff, a Cossack, is handsome, well educated, conceited, immoral and above all a savage hunter. He tells Rainsford of his invention of a new animal to hunt, because he was bored with the typical sport of hunting. He explains that this invention is one that can match his wits because it can reason. Zaroff believe that there are men of lesser value, and calls them ,“… The scum of the Earth-sailors from tramp ships-lascars, blacks, Chinese, whites, mongrels- a thoroughbred horse or hound is worth more than a score of them.” Rainsford comes to understand he has no choice but to play the game. The reader now questions who will win. On the other hand Rainsford is also an educated avid hunter. He finds a large animal and next to it an empty cartridge, “A twenty-two.” As an experienced hunter he is surprised that the large animal would have been chased, with such a small gun. Rainsford recognizes that the animal fought, and was ultimately killed by the hunter. Although Rainsford didn’t know it at the time ,his struggle to make it to land and through dense jungle was only the beginning. “ All he knew was that he was safe from his enemy, the sea, and that utter weariness was on him.” But he was not safe on the “unbroken front in snarled and raged jungle…” The darkness, the
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