How important is suspense in The Most Dangerous Game?

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Suspense is key to the impact the story makes to the reader. The title itself says that suspense should ensue because this "game" is a dangerous one. The reader is kept on the edge of his or her seat as Rainsford tried to elude General Zaroff in order to keep his life. It is very suspenseful when Rainsford is hiding in the tree after making what he thought was an impossible trail to follow and Zaroff is standing just below him. It is suspenseful as the chase is underway when Rainsford sets the Malay trap that kills Ivan. Finally when Rainsford leaps off the cliff to what we think is his death and then he appears in Zaroff bedroom we are suspended wondering what Rainsford's final move will be.

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