How does the author increase or reinforce the sense of the evil of the island in "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the opening sentence of Richard Connell's short story, "The Most Dangerous Game," the author sets the mood by pointing out that the island is "rather a mystery." The name, Ship-Trap Island, adds to the darkness of the story. "Sailors have a curious dread of the place," Whitney notes, and he relates a history of its superstitious nature. The island dark and supposedly uninhabited, and Rainsford is surprised to find this is not true. The inclusion of Zaroff as a Cossack--a particularly ruthless soldier throughout history--further adds to the evil that lurks there. Rainsford and Zaroff talk of killing and death even before the general relates his special kind of hunting urges.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The author starts to suggest that the island is evil from the first time we hear of it.  He says it is mysterious and that it is known as "Ship-Trap Island."  He says that sailors dreaded the place.

As we go along, we find out that even cannibals would not want to live on the island because it is so 'God-forsaken."  Even the toughest of sailors do not even want to talk about the place.

So before Rainsford ever sets foot on the island, we know there is something evil about it.

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