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by Richard Edward Connell

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The title "The Most Dangerous Game" plays on the word "game." Write three to five sentences explaining this play on words.

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Connell cleverly uses a play on the word "game" in the title of his classic short story "The Most Dangerous Game."

The first meaning of the word "game" refers to a contest of some sort. After reading the title, the audience is led to believe that the story is about a dangerous sport where opponents compete against each other. However, the reader discovers that General Zaroff's version of a game is a sadistic contest where he hunts defenseless humans throughout his private island. According to Zaroff's rules, if the person survives on the island for three consecutive days while he is hunting them, the person is allowed to leave.

The second meaning of the word "game" in the title refers to prey. In this case, Sanger Rainsford is considered the most dangerous prey. Similar to General Zaroff, Sanger Rainsford is an experienced hunter who is intelligent and resourceful. Unlike Zaroff's typical prey, Rainsford is talented enough to avoid him and builds deadly traps that threaten his life....

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