In the story "The Most Dangerous Game," do we see plot manipulation, chance, and organic unity?

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"The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Edward Connell is a short story detailing the experiences of Sanger Rainsford, a distinguished hunter, who falls off his yacht and swims ashore to land on an island owned by General Zaroff, a Russian who hunts humans.

The major elements of chance and plot manipulation lie in the initial premise of the story, that the hunter Rainsford would accidentally fall of his yacht and swim ashore to end up on an island owned by a fellow hunter. Once that initial premise is accepted, though, the story progresses logically to its conclusion, with little additional reliance on coincidence or plot manipulation.

The story does have organic unity in that it has a single and quite straightforward plot line based on Zarkoff hunting Rainsford and Rainsford struggling to survive the hunt. 

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The Most Dangerous Game

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