What is the physical and social setting of the story, The Most Dangerous Game? What makes the setting implausible?

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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As the men on the boat are talking about the island around them, they call it 'ship-trap island'. It seems there is superstition about it similar to how people talk about the Bermuda Triangle. Things just seem to somehow disappear in that area. I believe the location or setting of this story could be allusive to that location.

It also seem that an area so thickly vegetated would make it difficult for a larger game (like a human) to not leave much of a trace. For the most part, the story paints Rainsford as a very evasive prey. Leaves, branches and ground would be easily disturbed by a human no matter how awkwardly and slowly the human had to move as if not to disturb anything.

Socially, it just seems strange that a Russian of that period would head to an island in the Carribbean.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Physically, the setting is some island in the Caribbean.  Socially, I guess you would say the setting is Western Civilization in the early 1920s.

What makes the setting implausible, to me, is the idea that such an island could exist.  I find it completely implausible to think that, in the 1920s, there could have been an island in such a civilized area where a man would be able to do what Zaroff was doing.  I think that if the story had been set maybe somewhere in the South Seas it would have been more plausible.

 

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