How important is suspense in "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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The Most Dangerous Game is a short story that features a great deal of foreshadowing and irony. The first scene in the story, in which the protagonist (Rainsford) and his friend Whitney discuss hunting and in which Rainsford posits that animals "have no understanding" and therefore feel nothing, is filled with foreshadowing.

After their boat sinks and Rainsford finds himself on a mysterious island, more foreshadowing occurs in the form of Count Zaroff, the antagonist, and his pack of dogs. The dogs help Zaroff hunt, but what is he interested in hunting? Due to the set up, the reader slowly catches on to the fact that there can only be one ultimate animal to hunt: man. The dogs, who will soon be hunting Rainsford, represent situational irony (especially since they are "man's best friend").

Suspense is important in this story because once the reader becomes aware that Rainsford will be the quarry, each scene unfolds on the premise that he could be captured, but in each subsequent scene, he finds a...

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