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

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Exposition is a rhetorical device used to provide background information about events and characters. In "The Most Dangerous Game," author Richard Connell develops the exposition in the opening paragraphs. We are told that Sanger Rainsford is a famous big game hunter and that he is sailing to South America to hunt jaguars along the Amazon River. We discover that he has little regard for the animals he kills, and that he believes they have no understanding and feel no fear. A great deal of exposition centers around General Zaroff, primarily during his talks with Rainsford at dinner. He tells Rainsford about his past life in Russia, his military service, and his great love of hunting. We later find that Zaroff has grown bored with hunting wild animals, and that this boredom has led him to hunt a new, more dangerous game: human beings. Zaroff tells Rainsford about the men that he has deliberately shipwrecked in order to use them as human prey. During his hunt of Rainsford, we learn some of the tricks that Rainsford has learned during his career, and he eventually uses them with some success.

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