How can I paraphrase this paragraph from "The Most Dangerous Game"?"Watch! out there!' exclaimed the general, pointing into the night. Rainsford's eyes saw only blackness, and then, as the general...

How can I paraphrase this paragraph from "The Most Dangerous Game"?

"Watch! out there!' exclaimed the general, pointing into the night. Rainsford's eyes saw only blackness, and then, as the general pressed a button, far out to sea Rainsford saw the flash of lights.

The general chuckled. 'They indicate a channel,' he said, 'where there's none: giant rocks with razor edges crouch like sea monster with wide open jaws. They can crush a ship as easily as I crush this nut...'

 

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Paraphrasing involves rewording others' speech or the words of their texts without changing the general import of these words.  Therefore, in order to reword accurately phrases and sentences taken from narratives, for instance, the reader will also need to examine the context of the phrases and sentences to be paraphrased.

Regarding the passage quoted above, the context of these words of General Zaroff are early in the short story "The Most Dangerous Game." On the first night of Rainsford's arrival on Ship-Trap Island, he has mistakenly sought refuge at the castle of the general; later, after having bathed and dressed for dinner, Rainsford is conducted by Ivan to the dining room.  There, the general, who has "an almost bizarre quality to his face," entertains Rainsford.  In the course of their conversation, the general explains that he hunts "more dangerous game" than the big game that Rainsford seeks which for the general has lost its challenge.  So, the general says with great import, he now hunts the "idea quarry" that has courage, cunning, and "above all, it must be able to reason."  Horrified, Rainsford understands the implications of Zaroff's declaration.

When Rainsford tells Zaroff that his actions are "cold-blooded murder," the general laughs; he insists that he is a hunter, not a murderer, rationalizing that "life is for the strong....Why should I not use my gift?"  With equal sang-froid, he then explains how his prey arrives on the island.

Taking Rainsford to the window, he exclaims, "Watch Out there!"  At first Rainsford can see nothing but blackness; however, after the general presses a button, there are beckons of light far out on the sea.  These lights, the general laughing explains, are the types of lights that normally indicate a channel for ships to enter safely at night.  However, once the ships head in the direction of the lights, they soon strike razor-sharp rocks that crush their hulls, sinking them.  Then, in order to demonstrate the tremendous crushing action of the monster rocks, the general drops a walnut on the hardwood floor and grinds it with his heel.

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