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The title "The Most Dangerous Game" plays on the word "game". Write three to five...

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maha18 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted October 24, 2011 at 11:31 PM via web

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The title "The Most Dangerous Game" plays on the word "game". Write three to five sentences explaining this play on words. Thank you!!

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

Posted October 24, 2011 at 11:50 PM (Answer #1)

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Author Richard Connell does create a clever play on words in the double-meaning title of "The Most Dangerous Game." In one sense, the hunting of human beings is a new type of game--a contest--pitting the wily General Zaroff against a human prey. For Zaroff, it is a more challenging sport since the hunting of animals has become boring to him, no longer a challenge. This game is an exciting one, and the chance to stalk a renowned hunter such as Rainsford makes it irresistible to him. In another context, the game is the prey--the hunted. Zaroff has already killed every known big game available to him, but man is a different type of victim: The human quarry can think, reason, and feel the fear of death, and he presents a greater danger and the remote possibility of actually turning the tables on the hunter--as Rainsford does in the end. 

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