There is a menacing tone to "The Most Dangerous Game."
Connell's use of dark foreshadowing with the exotic setting, the strange occurrences, and bizarre characters introduced in the exposition quickly puts readers "on edge," as they fear what will happen next. This element of danger is immediately introduced as Rainsford and Whitney travel to hunt jaguar; then, when Rainsford falls overboard and must swim for a long time before finding any shoreline, there is clearly a forbidding tone. Later, Rainsford's frightening encounter with the massive Ivan, whose tongue has been cut out is, indeed, disconcerting. The greatest menace is presented in the form of the owner of the chateau, "a lofty structure with pointed towers plunging upward into the gloom." This man is the Russian General Zaroff, whose "dead black eyes" do not change as he calmly speaks of his bizarre penchant for hunting "the most dangerous game."
After Rainsford becomes Zaroff's prey, there is great tension and the dark, forbidding tone of the narrative heightens. Certainly, the story's exploration of fear and death generates a menacing tone to the fast-paced action of this work.