The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Edward Connell

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

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

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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...

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rlaura416 | Student

Connell was able to use figurative language to establish the tone in The Most Dangerous Game. The tone throughout the story is suspenseful and at times frightening.  The island that Rainsford comes upon is “rather a mystery”… and “Sailors have a curious dread of the place…Some superstition”.  Rainsford has an unabashed attitude of skepticism, but as he finds himself a pawn in General Zaroff's game, hunted like a wild animal, the reader’s sense of fear and suspense is heightened with every moment. Zaroff's island turns out to be the setting of a horror filled game.  A game that Zaroff created for his amusement, where he hunts the most dangerous and intelligent game anyone could hunt: humans with no way out. As Rainsford struggles to outsmart Zaroff and live another day, the suspense is continually rising and falling until the very end.

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charlesleehudgins | Student

very stiff

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