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What is the theme of "The Most Dangerous Game"?

The main theme of "The Most Dangerous Game" concerns the ethics of killing living beings. Both Sanger Rainsford and General Zaroff are accomplished hunters who enjoy shooting big game animals....

Latest answer posted December 10, 2020 2:19 pm UTC

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What are two examples of foreshadowing in "The Most Dangerous Game"?

During Whitney's conversation with Sanger Rainsford at the beginning of the story, Connell foreshadows the horrifying nature of Ship-Trap Island when Whitney mentions that the island has a bad...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2019 6:45 pm UTC

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Personification In The Most Dangerous Game

When we personify something, we give it human characteristics. For example, if I said, "The flower stretched toward the sun's rays," we are giving the flower the characteristic of "stretching," a...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2016 5:48 pm UTC

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The Most Dangerous Game Conflict

An additional conflict in “The Most Dangerous Game” is an internal conflict within Rainsford. On the one hand, he's a skilled hunter, a man who's bagged more game animals than anyone could possibly...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2020 10:50 am UTC

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What happens at the end of "The Most Dangerous Game"?

In "The Most Dangerous Game," Rainsford escapes from Zaroff by diving into the sea. Zaroff then returns to his mansion and eats dinner. As he eats, the story tells us, he feels annoyed about how...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2019 10:46 pm UTC

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What are two examples of irony in "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell? Can you please include text evidence...

The Most Dangerous Game has many ironies. The most obvious irony is when Rainsford the hunter becomes the hunted. In the beginning of the story, it is clear that Rainsford is not just a hunter,...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2015 11:59 pm UTC

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What are some examples of similes in Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game?"

Another example of a simile can be seen when General Zaroff expresses surprise at Rainsford's values, telling him that they're out of place, "like finding a snuff-box in a limousine." Zaroff...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2019 9:01 am UTC

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Metaphors In The Most Dangerous Game

A metaphor is a figure of speech that makes an implied comparison between two unrelated things that happen to share certain characteristics. Throughout "The Most Dangerous Game," readers are made...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2019 1:06 am UTC

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What are some character traits of Sanger Rainsford in "The Most Dangerous Game"?

Sanger Rainsford is depicted as an inventive, disciplined man who is renowned for his hunting abilities and survives the most dangerous game. At the beginning of the story, Rainsford is depicted as...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2019 5:54 pm UTC

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The Most Dangerous Game Traps

The first trap that Rainsford sets is called a Malay mancatcher. To make the Malay mancatcher, Rainsford finds a heavy dead tree laying precariously on a smaller, living one and uses his knife to...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2019 3:50 pm UTC

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What are some examples of figurative language in "The Most Dangerous Game?"

Figurative language is a very wide ranging categorization. It includes a great number of techniques, including but not limited to, metaphor and simile, personification, imagery, etc. If done...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2019 7:59 pm UTC

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The Most Dangerous Game Setting

The setting of the story is Ship-trap Island. Much of the story takes place in the jungle of the islands itself, but the story begins on a boat and then continues to General Zaroff’s house. At the...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2012 9:53 pm UTC

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Did Rainsford change his mind about hunting by end of the story?

As a dynamic character in Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game," Sanger Rainsford does undergo changes in his attitude about hunting. In the exposition of the story, for instance, he becomes...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2010 12:33 pm UTC

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Characterization In The Most Dangerous Game

Like most pieces of good literature, "The Most Dangerous Game" uses a combination of direct and indirect characterization to develop Rainsford and Zaroff. In this particular story, Connell is not...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2019 12:59 am UTC

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How are Rainsford and Zaroff different, and how are they alike in "The Most Dangerous Game"?  

The protagonist and antagonist of the short story "The Most Dangerous Game" share at least one similarity. Rainsford and Zaroff both love the thrill of the hunt, and they have travelled to...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2011 12:51 am UTC

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How is suspense created in the story "The Most Dangerous Game?"

This is a good question. Suspense is created in several different ways. The first is through the classic technique of providing a hook that hints at part of the story. This happens literally in the...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2016 8:14 pm UTC

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What is the climax of "The Most Dangerous Game"?

The climax of "The Most Dangerous Game" comes when Rainsford jumps into the ocean. Zaroff has been chasing him for days. After Rainsford failure on the first day, Zaroff played "cat and mouse"...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2012 2:44 pm UTC

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What are the main conflicts in "The Most Dangerous Game"?  

There are two types of conflicts: internal and external. External conflicts are the events that happen outside of us, and internal conflicts are the emotional responses and or choices we have to...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2019 1:01 pm UTC

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What is a metaphor and what are some examples in "The Most Dangerous Game"?  

A metaphor is a comparison of two things, without using the words "like" or "as" (a comparison with those words would be a simile). Typically, an author uses metaphor to make writing more poetic...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2016 4:57 pm UTC

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What traits do Rainsford and General Zaroff have in common? And what differences do they have in The Most Dangerous...

Both Rainsford and General Zaroff are experienced hunters who have an affinity for adventure and hunting dangerous prey. Both characters enjoy literature, which is evident from the general's...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2018 1:18 pm UTC

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What's an example of personification in "The Most Dangerous Game" story?

The sea is often personified in the story, and described as a person would be. Personification is a type of figurative language where something nonhuman is described as if it were human or had...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2015 4:09 am UTC

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What does Zaroff mean when he says "instinct is no match for reason" (from Richard Connell's "Then Most Dangerous...

General Zaroff claims that "Instinct is no match for reason" when speaking to Rainsford (Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game"). Zaroff has moved on from hunting animals because they "do not...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2013 1:05 am UTC

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What are some character traits for General Zaroff? 

General Zaroff is the antagonist in this story, so most character traits that are associated with him are not positive. I'd like to go a different route with this question, though. I would like to...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2016 1:50 pm UTC

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What are some examples of imagery in Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game"?

In literature, imagery can be described as descriptive language that helps create a picture in the reader's mind. In the hands of an expert writer, this a very effective technique as it places the...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2019 7:35 am UTC

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What are the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution of "The Most Dangerous Game"?

"The Most Dangerous Game" begins with a conversation between Rainsford and Whitney on the yacht. Here, in the story's exposition, we learn of Rainsford's background as a hunter, as well as of the...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2019 1:13 am UTC

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What does "I am still a beast at bay" mean in "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell?

In Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game," the word bay shows up a number of times. The repetitive use of this word first applies to the way the hunting dogs sound as they search for Rainsford. Then...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2016 5:19 pm UTC

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What is the internal conflict of Rainsford in "The Most Dangerous Game"?

Rainsford is being hunted by a madman who has everything in his favor. Zaroff, the Cossack general, is an expert hunter. He has a powerful rifle and a pack of dogs. All the odds are against...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2015 12:47 am UTC

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What are some quotes from "The Most Dangerous Game" that illustrate man vs. self, man vs. man, and man vs. nature?

"The Most Dangerous Game" is largely a story that emphasizes man versus man and man versus nature conflicts, though there are elements of a man versus self conflict within Rainsford. Rainsford's...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2020 12:13 pm UTC

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Suspense In The Most Dangerous Game

Other examples of foreshadowing in "The Most Dangerous Game": "Don't talk rot, Whitney," said Rainsford. "You're a big-game hunter, not a philosopher. Who cares how the jaguar feels?"...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2010 2:43 am UTC

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What was Rainsford's attitude toward hunting at the beginning of "The Most Dangerous Game"?

At the beginning of the story, Rainsford's attitude is fairly cold toward the animals that he hunts. Rainsford loves hunting, and he feels no sympathy for the animals that he hunts and kills. While...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2016 5:14 pm UTC

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What are the two meanings of the title "The Most Dangerous Game"?

The two meanings of “game” in the title are “play” and “hunted animal.” The word “game” is used to refer to animals that are hunted. For example, tigers, rhinoceroses, and bears are all game....

Latest answer posted October 17, 2013 3:47 am UTC

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In The Most Dangerous Game, how did Rainsford win the game?

Rainsford wins the game through his skill as a hunter. Of course, Rainsford's game with Zaroff is unlike any of his other hunts in that he is the one being pursued. Instead of trying to fight...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2020 3:39 pm UTC

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What is the difference between Zaroff's perspective and Rainsford's perspective on the hunt in "The Most Dangerous...

While both Zaroff and Rainsford believe that hunting is morally permissible based on the concept of "survival of the fittest," Rainsford thinks that hunting humans is morally and ethically wrong....

Latest answer posted April 14, 2020 8:57 pm UTC

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What are five main events in "The Most Dangerous Game?"

"The Most Dangerous Game," also known as "The Hounds of Zaroff," is a short story written by Richard Connell with details the tale of Sanger Rainsford, a big-game hunter who falls off a yacht while...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2017 12:33 am UTC

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How would I interpret this quotation: "the world is made up of two classes- the hunters and the huntees. Luckily, you...

This is a statement from Sanger Rainsford, the main character of "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell. His shipmate has expressed sympathy for the jaguar that they may soon pursue;...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2010 6:14 am UTC

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What are some adjectives that describe Rainsford in "The Most Dangerous Game"?

Sanger Rainsford is the protagonist in the short story, "The Most Dangerous Game." He goes from professional hunter to helpless huntee after a boating accident which leaves him stranded on the...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2019 1:50 am UTC

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What are some allusions from "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell and what does each allusion refer to (like...

In Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game," the author uses several allusions. The first reference is that Zaroff and Ivan are Cossacks. In 2016, The Washington Post referred to the historical...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2017 11:06 pm UTC

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What does Zaroff mean when he says, “There is no greater bore than perfection” in "The Most Dangerous Game"?

By this, General Zaroff means that once a person has mastered a skill, it is no longer interesting. For example, if one can always win at chess, playing the game no longer provides a challenge....

Latest answer posted April 12, 2020 3:41 pm UTC

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Describe General Zaroff's physical appearance & personality in "The Most Dangerous Game."

The narrator describes Zaroff's physical appearance when Rainsford first sees the general descend the marble stairs of his extravagant chateau. General Zaroff is depicted as a tall, slender,...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2017 6:31 pm UTC

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What is the mood in "The Most Dangerous Game"?

Mood is a literary strategy that is created through diction, syntax, figurative language, and so much more. It's the way a reader feels while reading based on the way an author constructs their...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2019 3:02 pm UTC

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External Conflict In The Most Dangerous Game

An external conflict is a conflict that a person has with forces outside himself. In “The Most Dangerous Game” Rainsford has conflicts with General Zaroff, the jungle, and Ivan. First of all,...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2012 2:03 am UTC

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Are there any clues as to what Rainsford looks like in "The Most Dangerous Game"?

Because Connell does not explicitly describe Sanger Rainsford, readers must construct their own ideas about how he looks. He is obviously a wealthy man who is able to travel the world on hunting...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2017 1:06 pm UTC

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What caused Rainsford to believe Zaroff knew he was hiding in the Tree? Do you think he was right? Give reasons.

Rainsford attempts to sleep in a tree. He hears the cry of a bird and realizes someone is coming. It is Zaroff. Rainsford watches Zaroff examine the trail and then slowly rise, shake his head,...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2008 1:07 pm UTC

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What is the Malay mancatcher in the short story "The Most Dangerous Game"?

The Malay mancatcher is the name of a trap that Rainsford sets for General Zaroff in the story “The Most Dangerous Game.” It is made by laying a dead tree on a living one, with a trigger which when...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2018 2:35 pm UTC

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What is the mood or tone in "The Most Dangerous Game?"

The mood seems to me to be somber, eerie, uncanny, sinister, even surrealistic. If the reader identifies with Sanger Rainsford and really gets into the story, the reader will feel on the verge of...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2014 9:27 pm UTC

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Ship Trap Island

The reason General Zaroff has been so successful is because of the features of Ship Trap Island. They fit his needs perfectly. (I don't know if my page numbers will be the same as yours, but it...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2011 1:44 am UTC

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What does the quote "He had never slept in a better bed..." from "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell refer to?

This quote is part of the last line of Richard Connell's short story "The Most Dangerous Game." The rest of the sentence reveals that it is Rainsford who is enjoying the bed. This means Rainsford...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2016 1:06 am UTC

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How does Zaroff justify hunting humans in "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell?

Zaroff tells Rainsford he is bored and the humans he is hunting are inferior, which is how they end up killed. Zaroff is an expert hunter. He explains to Rainsford that he became so good at...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2016 3:26 am UTC

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What happens when Rainsford refuses to hunt with Zaroff in "The Most Dangerous Game"?

General Zaroff is so polite when speaking with his guest that he seems to invite Rainsford to hunt in the game with him rather than be hunted. First of all, Zaroff explains how he "stocks" his...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2016 3:56 pm UTC

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How does Rainsford's attitude toward hunting compare with that of General Zaroff?

While Rainsford enjoyed the challenge of big-game hunting and similar recreations, Zaroff is more of an actual killer than hunter. Once Rainsford becomes both the predator and the prey, his outlook...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2008 11:24 pm UTC

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