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The Most Dangerous Game

by Richard Edward Connell
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"Watch! Out there!" exclaimed the general, pointing into the night. Rainsford's eyes saw only blackness, and then, as the general pressed a button far out to sea, Rainsford saw the flash of lights. The general chuckled. "They indicate a channel," he said, "where there's none: giant rocks with razor edges crouch like a sea monster with wide-open jaws. They can crush a ship as easily as I crush this nut." Explain this quote.

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This quote comes from General Zaroff immediately after he explains to Rainsford that he hunts humans on the island in what he refers to as the most dangerous game. The above-mentioned quote is the general's response to Rainsford when he asks how he is able to get men on the...

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This quote comes from General Zaroff immediately after he explains to Rainsford that he hunts humans on the island in what he refers to as the most dangerous game. The above-mentioned quote is the general's response to Rainsford when he asks how he is able to get men on the island. General Zaroff explains to Rainsford that sometimes Providence intervenes and the high seas result in a shipwreck, which forces the unlucky passengers to swim to his island. The general then takes Rainsford to the window and proceeds to press a button, which lights a signal out at sea that indicates a channel. The passing ships see the signal and are deceived into sailing directly into jagged, dangerous rocks. The jagged, sharp rocks end up crushing ships and the sailors are forced to swim to the general's island, where they are hunted like animals. Essentially, the general deceives ships into sailing towards treacherous waters using a signal light that indicates a channel where there is none. Overall, the above-mentioned quote describes how General Zaroff draws men to Ship-Trap Island and emphasizes his maniacal personality.

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I assume that you want an explanation of this passage from the short story, "The Most Dangerous Game." This is one of General Zaroff's special ways of luring his human game to the island. He has installed what appears to be legitimate signal lights to mark the safety of the channel. In truth, the channel is not safe; it is a false channel--"giant rocks with razor edges" cover the area. Ship captains cannot see the rocks, and they assume that the lights are marking a safe passage. The lights may be of little use during the day, but they can prove to be successful to General Zaroff's desire of wrecking as many ships as possible near his island at night. He then captures the survivors and uses them as his game.

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