Suspense In The Most Dangerous Game

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Other examples of foreshadowing in "The Most Dangerous Game":

    "Don't talk rot, Whitney," said Rainsford. "You're a big-game hunter, not a philosopher. Who cares how the jaguar feels?"

Rainsford will soon find out for himself how it feels to be hunted. Later, after he has fallen overboard, he hears "the sound of an animal in an extremity of anguish and terror." But, there is something peculiar about the sound.

    He did not recognize the animal that made the sound; he did not try to; with fresh vitality he swam toward the sound. He heard it again; then it was cut short by another noise, crisp, staccato.
    "Pistol shot," muttered Rainsford, swimming on.

He will soon find out that the sound is not that of an animal, but a man.

After reaching the chateau, Rainsford shares a meal with General Zaroff, who the visitor notices is studying him carefully. When Rainsford remarks that the Cape buffalo is the most dangerous game of all, Zaroff disagrees.

    For a moment the general did not reply; he was smiling his curious red-lipped smile. Then he said slowly, "No. You are wrong, sir. The Cape buffalo is not the most dangerous big game." He sipped his wine. "Here in my preserve on this island," he said in the same slow tone, "I hunt more dangerous game."
    Rainsford expressed his surprise. "Is there big game on this island?"
    The general nodded. "The biggest."

Rainsford will personally find out what this mysterious game is.

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Within the first sentence of the story, Whitney says, "Off there to the right - somewhere - is a large island... It's rather a mystery."  Not knowing exactly where the island is, and calling it a mystery both build suspense.

My favorite piece of foreshadowing comes with a few of Rainsford's words. Rainsford and Whitney discuss the feelings of the jaguar. Rainsford thinks they don't have feelings, but Whitney presents the idea that maybe they do... Rainsford comments:

Nonsense. This hot weather is making you soft, Whitney. Be a realist. The world is made up of two classes - the hunters and the huntees.

Not only does this foreshadow the fact that there is going to be a hunt, but it ironically stages Rainsford to believe that he is fairly sure about what side or which class he resides in.

Each sound is both foreshadowing and suspense. Suspense because the sounds are scary sounds: a scream and a pistol shots. Foreshadowing because there will be further screaming and further shooting.

 

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There is plenty of suspense and foreshadowing in this story.  I think that it starts right at the beginning of the story.

The first thing we see is that Sanger Rainsford's yacht is near an island called Shiptrap Island.  We are told that sailors are very afraid of the place.

A second bit of foreshadowing comes a bit later when Rainsford talks about hunting.  He says that no one cares how the hunted animal feels.  This foreshadows the fact that he will become a hunted animal himself.

A little later, Whitney talks about how he felt evil -- a sudden dread -- when they got near the island.

Then, when Rainsford drags himself onto the shore of the island, the whole description of the island is scary and causes suspense.

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