Related to the title, "The Most Dangerous Game," on what simple ironic reversal is the plot of the story based?
"The Most Dangerous Game" is based on situational irony, which is a reversal of fortune that leads the protagonist and reader to a great truth. Situational irony is usually focused on plot, and it occurs when action backfires, causing very opposite of what is expected, a kind of poetic justice.
Here are a few examples of situational irony:
- In the story, a big game hunter lands on an island owned by another big game hunter.
- A hunter becomes a better hunter after he is hunted himself.
- The most dangerous game is when the hunter, who previously did not care how the hunted felt, becomes the hunted.
- A man looking to hunt the most dangerous game (prey), thinking it is an animal, realizes it is actually man himself who is the most dangerous.
- A hunter gains his greatest advantage over his opponent once he is closest to death (or at least after his opponent thinks he is dead).
- A hunter who uses dogs to track the hunted becomes, in the end, a tasty meal for them himself.