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In "The Most Dangerous Game," exactly what is a Burmese Tiger Pit?

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kittyboo | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted May 4, 2012 at 12:20 AM via web

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In "The Most Dangerous Game," exactly what is a Burmese Tiger Pit?

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

Posted May 21, 2012 at 7:12 PM (Answer #1)

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A Burmese Tiger Pit is a classic trap used in hunting and war. Essentially, it is a deep pit, often more than ten feet deep, lined with sharp spikes at the bottom and covered with some weak material such as branches or a tarp covered in dirt. The object of the pit is to get an animal to fall in, injuring itself on the spikes and unable to climb out due to the high walls. A Burmese Tiger, being relatively smart and vicious, would be herded towards this pit by jungle beaters, and in a panic it wouldn't take time to look around and see or smell the human activity. Once inside the pit, the hunter can shoot down and finish it off, thus killing a prized animal without stalking or risking his own life.

Rainsford builds a quick Burmese Tiger Pit while fleeing from Zaroff and his dogs in "The Most Dangerous Game."

The pit grew deeper; when it was above his shoulders, he climbed out and from some hard saplings cut stakes and sharpened them to a fine point. These stakes he planted in the bottom of the pit with the points sticking up. With flying fingers he wove a rough carpet of weeds and branches and with it he covered the mouth of the pit.
(Connell, "The Most Dangerous Game," fiction.eserver.org)

However, General Zaroff has also hunted tigers, and so avoids the trap.

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