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What literary devices are used in "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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Posted August 30, 2011 at 9:00 AM via web

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What literary devices are used in "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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Posted August 30, 2011 at 9:21 AM (Answer #1)

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There are many literary devices used in Connell's short story "The Most Dangerous Game".

1. The following quote contains personification (the giving of human characteristics to nonhuman/nonliving things):

dank tropical night that was palpable as it pressed its thick warm blackness in upon the yacht.

This is an example of personification given night cannot physically press itself against something (this is a characteristic and human possesses, not something night can typically "do."

2. The next example is a simile. A simile is the comparison between two unlike things using "like" or "as".

"Ugh! It's like moist black velvet."

Here, the night is compared to black velvet.

Another example of a simile is:

The sea was as flat as a plate-glass window.

Here, the sea is compared to a window.

3. "Bleak blackness" is an example of alliteration. Alliteration is the repetition of a consonant sound (typically used in poetry). Here the "b" sound repeats and creates exemplifies alliteration.

 

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