Foreshadowing In The Most Dangerous Game

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First, Rainsford's thoughts during his conversation with Whitney, his hunting partner onboard their ship, gives off a sense of foreboding when he tells the reader, "What I felt was a -- a mental chill; a sort of sudden dread."  Additionally, the gunshots he heard sounding off in the distance also foreshadow the later events in that they establish some sort of presence from the island the sailors so feared, known as Shiptrap Island, a name which on its own could be foreshadowing the later events in that they are on a ship and the island's name leaves a sense of danger in the air.

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Another example of foreshadowing was when Rainsford and Whitney are on the boat and Rainsford says, "Can't see it," and Whitney replies "You've good eyes, and I've seen you pick off a moose moving in the brown fall bush at four hundred yards, but even you can't see four miles or so through a moonless Caribbean night." later in the story you learn that Rainsford has to look for Zaroff's dogs in the woods and he really does have good eyes because he can see them!

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One other example of foreshadowing that is usually overlooked is at the begining of the story when Whitney says, "Great Sport, Hunting" Then Rainsford replies, "best Sport in the world" "for the Hunter" amended Whitney. This statement can be used as an example of foreshadowing the hunt between Rainsford and the General. However it's commonly used as a Chekhov's Gun, because Rainsford doesn't learn the significance of it until Later
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besides the foreshadowing examples below, there is one other that's my favorite. When Rainsford and whitney are on the boat, Rainsford hears a sceram of an animal that he has never heard before which should be impossible since he has hunted every game known to man, later we find out that the scream wasn't an animal but a human...although to the who's hunting the human the point is discussable.

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