Identify the speaker, plot and significance of the following quotes, from "The Most Dangerous Game"1. "The door opened then - opened as suddenly as if it were on a spring - and Rainsford stood...

Identify the speaker, plot and significance of the following quotes, from "The Most Dangerous Game"

1. "The door opened then - opened as suddenly as if it were on a spring - and Rainsford stood blinking in the river of glaring gold light that poured out.."

2. "Many of them afford only the most elementary sort of problem. Occasionally strike a tartar. One almost did win. I eventually had to use the dogs."

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clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

First of all, I encourage you to read the short story and find these quotes in context.  It is not very long nor so difficult that finding these quotes in context wouldn't provide the answers you are looking for.  I will give you a couple hints.

"The door opened then - opened as suddenly as if it were on a spring - and Rainsford stood blinking in the river of glaring gold light that poured out.."

This quote is from the beginning of the story.  It is not dialogue but simply narration/description.  The significance lies in the door opening so suddenly "as if it were on a spring."  How/why did the door open like this?  What emotion could that spark in Rainsford.  Remember, he's standing outside a stranger's home in the rain - what does this remind you of?

"Many of them afford only the most elementary sort of problem. Occasionally strike a tartar. One almost did win. I eventually had to use the dogs."

This quote is right in the middle of the story.  It is the discussion of those who have come before and chosen to be hunted... this is the general explaining that although he always wins - one almost beat him.  Consider how he's talking here, like this game is so easy to him.  No one poses a real challenge.  If he's trying to get Rainsford to chose the game - what is he preparing him for here?  How is he acting?  Think about if this was the way a sporting opponent was talking - with such calm confidence.  How would it make you feel?

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