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My students like examining the question of what type of narration is used in MDG. How does the shift in point of view affect the reader and add to the suspense? For example, the story is technically in 3rd person limited throughout; that is, until the point that Zaroff is back in his bedroom and assumes that Rainsford is dead. Suddenly, the narrator knows the thoughts of Zaroff (see story for quote - it is in the last two paragraphs where we enter the mind of Zaroff). Suddenly, Rainsford appears and that is the end of Zaroff's perspective; it is back to Rainsford. So, is the story 3rd person limited, or 3rd person omniscient? (narrator knowing thoughts and feelings of more than one character)
I believe the first part of your question is to prepare a question and an answer that analyzes this story. I'll take that part and provide you with one question that allows for further study of the story:
After the hunt, do you think Rainsford will become more like General Zaroff? Why or why not?
This is one of my favorite questions concerning this story. Zaroff is so cold-hearted that the reader easily sides with Rainsford and hopes for him to win. In the end, he has won and readers can assume this is a happy ending. However, Rainsford returns to commit cold-blooded murder, just as Zaroff was going to do. Then he sleeps comfortably in Zaroff's bed, showing no remorse. Everything suggests that this experience, rather than pushing Rainsford further away from Zaroff actually brings him closer to being like Rainsford.
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