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How is suspense created in the story "The Most Dangerous Game?"

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ratsareawesome | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 10, 2011 at 8:31 AM via web

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How is suspense created in the story "The Most Dangerous Game?"

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 28, 2012 at 1:39 AM (Answer #1)

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The suspense in "The Most Dangerous Game" comes mostly from anticipation. Rainsford, from the moment he realizes that General Zaroff is hunting humans for sport, must anticipate his eventual capture, and so his actions are tinged with desperation and fear.

The general was saving him for another day's sport! The Cossack was the cat; he was the mouse. Then it was that Rainsford knew the full meaning of terror.

"I will not lose my nerve. I will not."
(Connell, "The Most Dangerous Game," fiction.eserver.org)

After that first night, when Zaroff deliberately lets Rainsford go, he is motivated by his instincts and by the constant fear of capture. As Rainsford nears the cliffs, suspense comes from his final trap's failure; his leap seems to bring catharsis, but it truly comes when Rainsford confronts Zaroff in his bedroom. Connell, the author, also creates suspense with short, terse sentences, using powerful description to show only what is there without embellishment; Rainsford's inner thoughts also become more frenzied as his options run out.


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kwakye102 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted February 22, 2012 at 3:09 AM (Answer #3)

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When Rainsford is in the forest and zarrof spares his life for the first time. And also when Rainsford Ambushed Zarrof

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