What part does chance and coincidence play in the short story "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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There are several astounding coincidences that occur in Richard Connell's short story, "The Most Dangerous Game." The most obvious is how two of the world's foremost big game hunters manage to meet one another on such a remote island in the Caribbean. The first example occurs when Rainsford manages to fall from his yacht at the exact moment that it is navigating past Ship-Trap Island. It is by chance that Rainsford manages to survive the fall and swim through the treacherous waters and rocks that surround the island. Only because Rainsford announces his name to Ivan does Zaroff recognize it, realizing he is in the presence of an equally skilled hunter; otherwise, Rainsford would have probably joined the other imprisoned sailors awaiting to be hunted by Zaroff. Though Rainsford shows great skill in avoiding Zaroff and his dogs, it is by chance that Zaroff and Ivan walk into his traps. Lastly, it is only by sheer luck that Rainsford survives his last-ditch plunge from the cliff into the rocky waters.

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Chance plays as the suspenseful part in this story, for the reason of there is only chance of survival, or death. Coincidence plays a major part of the story in the begining for it leaves two hunters playing the most dangerous game.