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The Most Dangerous Game

by Richard Edward Connell
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What does the environment look like in "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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The natural setting of Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game" is certainly forbidding.

When Sanger Rainsford falls off the yacht, he swims toward a screaming sound that he has heard in the darkness. For "an endless time he fought the sea," but he finally hears the water hitting...

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The natural setting of Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game" is certainly forbidding.

When Sanger Rainsford falls off the yacht, he swims toward a screaming sound that he has heard in the darkness. For "an endless time he fought the sea," but he finally hears the water hitting a rocky shore. Rainsford pulls himself up the jagged rocks, and then he reaches a "flat place at the top." Touching the edge of the cliffs, he sees a dense jungle filled with a tangle of trees and underbrush.

Rainsford walks along the shoreline rather than struggle through the "web of weeds and trees." He follows this shore around a cliff until he sees lights on a high bluff where a palatial château rests. Around it on three sides are sheer cliffs that extend to the sea. Later, Rainsford learns that he is on Ship-Trap Island.

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