What are some examples of similes in Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game?"

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Another example of a simile can be seen when General Zaroff expresses surprise at Rainsford's values, telling him that they're out of place, "like finding a snuff-box in a limousine."

Zaroff naturally assumed that an experienced hunter like Rainsford would be on the same wavelength as him when it came to hunting human quarry. He thought that Rainsford, of all people, would understand his desire to take his blood-stained hobby to the next level.

But Rainsford's not like Zaroff at all, at least not in this regard. To Zaroff, Rainsford's values seem strangely out of place for someone of his background. Just as Zaroff wouldn't expect to find a snuff-box in a limousine, he finds it hard to believe that a big game hunter like Rainsford doesn't share his enthusiasm for hunting human prey.

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A simile is a literary device in which two unlike things are compared for effect using "like" or "as." A well-known example is a line from William Wordsworth's poem: "I wandered lonely as a cloud."

When the general is explaining to Rainsford how he traps his unsuspecting victims in their boats offshore, he describes the rocks in the sea as if they were were alive:

[G]iant rocks with razor edges crouch like a sea monster with wide-open jaws.

As Rainsford listens to the general's bizarre story, he finally accepts that he has almost no choice but to participate in the gruesome sport. Time passes slowly as he waits nervously for the departure hour:

An apprehensive night crawled slowly by like a wounded snake.

Once the hunt gets underway, he finds it difficult to evade the general and, as he flees across the island, realizes he has reached the edge of the dreaded Death Swamp. His foot is getting pulled into quicksand:

[T]he muck sucked viciously at his foot as if it were a giant leech.

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A simile is a comparison of two dissimilar things that share similar characteristics, as if they were the same—using "like" or "as" in the comparison. 

For example, "You are the sunshine of my life" is a simile, comparing "you" (let's assume it's a woman) to "sunshine." While they share similar characteristics (both can make the speaker feel warm and happy, like the sun does), "she" will never give someone sunburn. It is not literal but figurative language—language not to be taken literally. It's a form of imagery that provides a description of a person or thing the reader may not know to something that the reader does know —in this case, the "sun."

In the story, "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell, one of the first similes is something that evokes an extremely clear mental image. Whitney is describing the "moonless Caribbean night" and notes:

It's like moist, black velvet. 

Note the use of "like," comparing the night to a heavy wet material (velvet). This description gives the reader (without being there) the sense that the air is thick, and it's hard to breathe.

Later Connell provides another simile:

The sea was as flat as a plate glass window.

This compares the surface of the water to the slick and smooth surface of glass, using (in this case) "as" for the comparison of the two.

When Rainsford meets Zaroff the first time, the author uses a simile to describe the General's appearance:

...his thick eyebrows and pointed military moustache were as black as the night from which Rainsford had come.

Once again, the night is used as part of a description; this time the black night is compared to Zaroff's facial hair.

Figurative language—using figures of speech—helps to provide vivid mental imagery for the reader. A simile is one of many literary devices used for this purpose.

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