How did Rainsford end up on the island in "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As was mentioned in the previous post, Rainsford is traveling on a yacht through the Caribbean Sea when he hears several gunshots coming from the direction of a nearby island. Rainsford is startled and moves quickly to the rail of the yacht. As Rainsford is straining his eyes to see where the shots are coming from, he climbs on top of the rail and attempts to balance himself. Unfortunately, Rainsford's pipe gets knocked out of his mouth, and he reaches for it. When Rainsford reaches for his pipe, he loses his balance and falls off of the yacht into the water. The yacht continues to travel through the water at a rapid pace and Rainsford is unable to catch up to it. Rainsforth then begins to swim to his right towards the island where he heard the shots. After swimming for ten minutes, Rainsford reaches the rocky edge of the island and climbs the ledge of rocks to shore. 

missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

After Rainsford falls off the yacht, he calls for help but the yacht fades away quickly. Having zero visibility a cool-headedness comes over him because he remembered hearing shots from a certain direction. He begins to swim in that direction.


Rainsford heard a sound. It came out of the darkness , a high screaming sound, the sound of an animal in an extremity of anguish and terror.

This sound gave him a "fresh vitality" and he swam with more force in that direction. These sounds were of life and not just life on a boat, he would eventually hit land. He continued to hear gunshots. Finally he heard the lapping of water on a jagged rocky shore. He climbed the cliff and ended up on the edge of the jungle for a deep sleep.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Rainsford is on a yacht, heading somewhere to go hunting.  It is a very dark night, he and his companion can hardly see anything.

Rainsford is just hanging out when he hears a gunshot from an island that he knows is there, but cannot see in the dark.  In an attempt to see what is going on, he is stupid enough to jump up on the rail of the yacht.

While he is up there, his pipe bumps into a rope and falls out of his mouth.  When he grabs for it, he is not careful and into the water he goes.

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