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Posted June 15, 2010 at 11:51 AM via web

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In What point of view is "The Most Dangerous Game" written?  Give evidence from the story that proves the point of view.

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dneshan | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted June 16, 2010 at 10:39 PM (Answer #1)

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The point of view of the short story “The Most Dangerous Game” is third person omniscient.  First, it is obvious that the point of view is third person because the narrator is telling the story as an onlooker – one who is not a character in the story’s events – and the main character is referred to as “he”, not “I”.  The reason that we know this is an omniscient point of view is also in the way that the narrator tells the story.  In an omniscient story, the opinions, beliefs, and personal motivations of all of the main characters are revealed.  In this story, the narrator gives us this information about General Zaroff on many occasions.  One particular point in which this character’s internal traits are revealed is when the narrator states,

“Nothing escaped those searching eyes … so intent was the Cossack on his stalking that he was upon the thing….” 

Additionally, we get this same type of information that is revealed about Rainsford’s person when the narrator says,

“He knew that his pursuer was coming…he was not feeling his way along…he lived a year in a minute…then he felt an impulse to cry aloud with joy.”

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