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The Most Dangerous Game

Doubling the Trail. Rainsford first decides to double back on his original trail, looping back again and again, before finding a large tree to spend the night. Believing no one could follow his...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2012 11:40 am UTC

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If there is such a thing as karma in the world of fiction, Rainsford definitely begins to experience it as he comes to understand what it means to be the hunted instead of the hunter. When...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2016 10:21 pm UTC

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In Richard Connell's short story "The Most Dangerous Game," Sanger Rainsford and his friend Whitney are en route to hunt jaguars in Rio de Janeiro when Rainsford accidentally falls overboard and is...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2017 1:33 am UTC

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At the start of the hunt, Rainsford clearly was appalled by the idea that he would be the hunted. It was one thing to hunt animals, but the idea of hunting a human being was not something he had...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2010 1:44 am UTC

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The obvious answer is that Rainsford wins, because he survives the game. He kills Zarroff and Isaac. On the other hand, you could also argue that Zaroff wins because he turns Rainsford into a...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2011 11:23 am UTC

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Like most pieces of literature, Richard Connell's tale of adventure, "The Most Dangerous Game," contains elements of foreshadowing and figures of speech such as metaphor, simile and...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2016 1:16 am UTC

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What this quote means is that General Zaroff has his own way of making sure that enough ships get wrecked to supply him with sailors to hunt. He is explaining Sanger Rainsford how his system...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2010 9:50 pm UTC

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"The Most Dangerous Game" is rich with literary devices. Other contributors have already discussed a number of these, so I will instead turn towards two that have not yet been addressed. The first...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2019 6:22 am UTC

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A hyperbole is a figure of speech that involves an exaggeration for the sake of emphasis. There are several examples of hyperbole throughout the short story "The Most Dangerous Game." When...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2018 2:47 pm UTC

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The protagonist in a work of literature is the main character. In Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game," the protagonist is the big game hunter Sanger Rainsford, who falls off his yacht and...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2016 5:26 pm UTC

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In order to answer the question, one must understand the terms instinct and reason. Instinct is natural (or intuitive) way of acting/thinking. Reason, on the other hand, is one's ability to think,...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2011 4:17 am UTC

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Indirect characterization has to do with implied descriptions or comments about characters in a story. An implicit description is not explicit; that is to say, the description is not direct or...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2016 4:54 am UTC

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If a reader is being asked to make inferences from the text of a story, I usually recommend making inferences about a character. In making these inferences, you can look at indirect...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2018 2:21 am UTC

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Solid question. I had to mull this one over for a bit. In Zaroff's opinion, yes, he does give his prey (victims?) a fair chance to survive. Zaroff will make sure that his human prey are in top...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2015 10:04 pm UTC

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Alliteration is often used to convey a particular mood in writing. As Rainsford follows Ivan into the dining room, he notes that "there was a medieval magnificence about it." This repetition of the...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2020 7:31 pm UTC

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The setting for most of the action of "The Most Dangerous Game" is an exotic and treacherous place. The crew and the captain of the ship on which Sanger Rainsford and his friend Whitney travel to...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2016 7:22 am UTC

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There is a great deal of foreshadowing in "The Most Dangerous Game" that suggests that danger is in store for Rainsford. First off, even Whitney acknowledges within the first several lines that...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2017 2:48 am UTC

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This is a great request. In Rainsford's conversation with his friend, Whitney, Rainsford says that there are only two classes in the world - the hunted and the huntee. Rainsford does not...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2016 3:59 am UTC

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The point of view of the short story “The Most Dangerous Game” is third person omniscient. First, it is obvious that the point of view is third person because the narrator is telling the story as...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2010 10:39 pm UTC

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At the beginning of the story, Rainsford and Whitney are on the deck of the ship. They are discussing various interpretations of hunting as well as the mysterious island off to the side of the...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2016 9:22 pm UTC

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Rainsford learns two important lessons in the short story. First, Rainsford learns what it means to fear. This is an important lesson, because in the beginning of the story Rainsford is very...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2015 2:46 am UTC

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Oh, there are so many! I've listed a few here with brief explanations. Overall, though, we must see that Rainsford success in defeating the General points to his overall intelligence and skill....

Latest answer posted September 30, 2008 10:51 am UTC

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Rainsford notices Zaroff "studying" him at dinner. The text says that Rainsford is enjoying dinner and finding Zaroff a great host. Rainsford must feel like he has lucked out. He has fallen...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2018 9:17 pm UTC

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At the beginning of the story, Sanger Rainsford has an enlightening conversation with Whitney about hunting while they are sitting on the top deck of the yacht. When Rainsford mentions that hunting...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2019 2:19 pm UTC

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I have always found it interesting that Rainsford decided to spend the night in Zaroff's bed at the end of Richard Connell's short story, "The Most Dangerous Game." Indeed, Rainsford has come full...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2010 1:28 pm UTC

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This is a great question. When reading a text, it is always important to look at the context. Therefore, when we look at the context of these words, general Zaroff is explaining to Rainsford that...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2015 7:46 pm UTC

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Throughout the short story "The Most Dangerous Game," both General Zaroff and Rainsford experience internal and external conflicts. General Zaroff's internal conflict concerns his inability to...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2017 6:20 pm UTC

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Sanger Rainsford's first impression of General Zaroff is one that is positive because he finds the man "singularly handsome." Having fallen from the yacht and swum to the shore of an island the...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2017 6:29 am UTC

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Richard Connell’s short story “The Most Dangerous Game” fits far more neatly into the category of commercial fiction than in literary fiction. While well-written and conceptualized, it makes no...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2017 2:54 am UTC

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This statement, which comes while Zaroff and Rainsford are having dinner in the general's chateau, should be considered highly ironic. Even though Zaroff's island is in a remote area off the coast...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2016 11:50 pm UTC

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The primary difference between General Zaroff and Sanger Rainsford concerns their views regarding the value of human life. General Zaroff is portrayed as a maniacal hunter who does not value human...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2020 10:57 am UTC

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This is a good question. As the previous educator said, Lazarus, one of Zaroff's hounds, died in a swamp, as he was following a huntee. This piece of information comes out when general Zaroff...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2016 6:04 pm UTC

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The short story "The Most Dangerous Game" is written using third person limited narration. A third person limited narrator focuses on one character's feelings, thoughts, and emotions throughout the...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2018 10:20 pm UTC

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General Zaroff seems, on the surface, to be a mannered, cultured individual. It is only his ideas and actions that show him to be a truly amoral man, almost a sociopath, as he cares nothing for the...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2012 6:44 pm UTC

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I have always interpreted this story in a way that has Zaroff giving Rainsford two different proposals. The first proposal is that Rainsford accompanies Zaroff on a hunt for one of the captured...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2016 2:53 pm UTC

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As everyone else has mentioned, General Zaroff began hunting humans because he became bored with hunting animals. He said that he began to lose interest in hunting animals, and he eventually...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2016 1:06 pm UTC

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General Zaroff bought the island after he got bored with hunting ordinary game. Zaroff was an aristocrat that got forced out of Russia with the revolution. His family had been very rich, and he...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2016 5:29 pm UTC

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I agree with #3. He wants Zaroff to feel like he's being hunted. Rainsford has now tracked him down and his him on an even playing field. Zaroff is now the one who has to fight to stay alive....

Latest answer posted August 30, 2011 3:58 am UTC

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The sea is often described as menacing with figurative language. Figurative language is a type of description that uses non-literal language. The most common types of figurative language are...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2016 11:08 pm UTC

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At the beginning of "The Most Dangerous Game," Rainsford describes the close, humid, tropical night as being "like moist black velvet," a simile that adds to the sense of oppressiveness, as well as...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2020 11:31 am UTC

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"The Most Dangerous Game," by Richard Connell, is full of conflict. In literary terms, conflict can be both internal and external, and there are subdivisions within each kind of conflict. External...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2013 4:59 am UTC

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The story focuses on aspects of morality, specifically that which deals with man's so-called superiority over animals and also,to a lesser extent, man's desire for revenge. Zaroff is a beast, a...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2014 2:47 pm UTC

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Words that describe both men: Competitive. Skilled. Merciless. Sophisticated. Cultured. Self-Aware. Rainsford is also famous, respected, renowned, etc. Zaroff is hardened, tyrannical, wealthy,...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2012 5:41 pm UTC

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Your question identifies what this short story is so famous for, and why it is so successful. One of the ways that writers create suspense is through foreshadowing, the use of clues that hint at...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2010 5:56 am UTC

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Throughout "The Most Dangerous Game," the distinction between humans and animals is constantly being blurred. At various points in the story we are forced to ask ourselves exactly what it means to...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2017 7:52 am UTC

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In Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game," Whitney poses a philosophical insight at the beginning of the story that not only foreshadows Rainsford's future plight but also presents an ethical question...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2016 3:37 pm UTC

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Ivan is General Zaroff’s gigantic mute assistant. When Sanger Rainsford falls off his yacht and ends up on Ship-Trap Island, he thinks the island is uninhabited at first. He is surprised to come...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2015 10:50 pm UTC

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At the beginning of the story, Rainsford and Whitney are on a yacht heading to the Amazon to hunt big game. Their conversation switches from the mysterious Ship-Trap Island to the concept of the...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2019 3:52 pm UTC

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Zaroff is a hunter whose only passion is seeking and eliminating the prey. But, he is becoming bored with his constant success in hunting animals. They do not provide a challenge that stimulates...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2010 5:02 am UTC

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One aspect to be considered in Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game" might be that Rainsford doesn't just change his mind or personal philosophy about whether animals feel fear while being hunted or...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2016 3:09 pm UTC

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