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Irony in "The Most Dangerous Game"What types of irony are used in "The Most Dangerous...

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ejm24bugs | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 20, 2012 at 7:13 AM via web

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Irony in "The Most Dangerous Game"

What types of irony are used in "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 20, 2012 at 8:25 AM (Answer #2)

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I think the most significant irony is that when Rainsford kills General Zarroff at the end, he is doing so to end the game his own way.  He is not playing the game, but in a way he is.  The descriptions of the place and General as civilized are also ironic.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 20, 2012 at 9:00 AM (Answer #3)

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The situational irony of the world famous hunter, Rainsford, being castaway on the island owned by Zaroff, a world-class hunter who has become obsessed with hunting humans, is beautifully contrived by the author.

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 23, 2012 at 3:45 PM (Answer #4)

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In addition to the ironies mentioned above, the title also presents an example of irony. The double entendre presented in the title is an example of verbal irony, playing on two distinct meanings of the word "game". Game is the animal that is hunted and is also a thing that is played.  

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