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 narrative. It's sometimes known as the atmosphere of a moment or scene. The author creates mood through their characters and scenes, shifting the feeling as the events bring the reader through the overall plot.
In "The Most Dangerous Game," Connell creates a suspenseful mood throughout his narrative, bringing the reader through the ups and downs of Rainsford's adventure. At various points in the story, the mood could be described as one of mystery, relief, fear, panic, or calm.
At the beginning of the story, we find Rainsford and Whitney sailing on a yacht to an unknown location to hunt big game, but there is an air of mystery as they discuss the concept of a hunter and a huntee. The same air of mystery returns when Rainsford is listening to Zaroff slowly reveal his newly created "game."
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