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Posted June 21, 2013 at 3:19 PM via web

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How does the figurative language in the title "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell contribute to the plot of the story?

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 21, 2013 at 3:30 PM (Answer #1)

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The titles of stories are very intentional and they are meant to convey something insightful. In this case, it is no different. 

The title, "The Most Dangerous Game" conveys several things. 

First, it conveys something ominous, because it contains the word, "Dangerous." It shows that something precarious will take place. 

Second, the odd combination of the word, "Game" with the word "Dangerous" shows that something perverse is going to take place. In other words, why would a game be dangerous?  When the plot thickens, we see that this is the case, as Zarnoff seeks to hunt Rainsford. 

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