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Posted November 20, 2007 at 11:58 AM via web

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Cite one example of explicit language and one of implicit language in "The Most Dangerous Game."

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 20, 2007 at 9:36 PM (Answer #1)

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Explicit language is clear, straightforward language.  The meaning is transparent.  Implicit language has implied meaning.  The reader is required to read between the lines and look for the underlying meaning.

An example of explicit language comes in the first sentence.  Whitney, a man on the boat, says to Rainsford:  "Off there to the right - somewhere - is a large island."  There is no extra layer to this statement.

Now switch to the last line of the story:  "He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided."  This is implicit language.  The author is suggesting that because Rainsford is sleeping in Zaroff's bed, Rainsford killed Zaroff.  It is a way of letting readers know this without announcing it.

Another way to refer to these terms is as follows:  literal language (explicit) and figurative language (implicit).

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