5. Plot: What did Rainsford hear when he was swimming to Ship Trap Island? What does Rainsford see in the underbrush once he lands on the island? How are the two events connected? Predict how this...

5. Plot: What did Rainsford hear when he was swimming to Ship Trap Island? What does Rainsford see in the underbrush once he lands on the island? How are the two events connected? Predict how this event will connect to Rainsford.

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Rainsford hears pistol shots that, through powers of deduction, lead him to "Ship Trap Island". Rainsford crawls upon the land and passes out. Upon waking he begins to explore the area and finds a spot where "Some wounded thing - by the evidence, a large animal - had thrashed about in the underbrush; the jungle weeds were crushed down and the moss was lacerated; one patch of weeds was stained crimson. A small, glittering object not far away caught Rainsford's eye and he picked it up. It was an empty cartridge." Upon looking at the evidence of these things you should be able to see the connection. Use your understanding of story structure, taking into consideration that nothing happens in good literature without purpose, and draw your own conclusion on how this affects Rainsford.

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