In Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game," what is the irony of the story? Also, provide an example of verbal irony.

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"The Most Dangerous Game" is heavily ironic, a quality that is reflected in its basic story: a big game hunter, trapped on an island, is forced to serve as quarry in someone's else's hunt. This reversal of fortunes, where the hunter becomes the hunted, is the main driving irony of the story, but it's not the only example of situational irony Connell employs.

Another example of irony can be found in Zaroff's own hunting ability and the way in which it has dominated and shaped the course of his life. However, the irony here lies in the fact that Zaroff is so skillful a hunter that he can no longer gain any satisfaction from hunting traditional game (and thus turns to hunting humans instead). You might expect that a person of such exceptional ability would find fulfillment from their accomplishments, but for Zaroff it creates a crisis.

Finally, one last notable example of situational irony can be found in the tension between civilization and brutality, expressed in the lifestyle of Zaroff...

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