What would be a good way to describe the Burmese Tiger Trap from "The Most Dangerous Game?"

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

While the tiger trap is useful for catching the large cat, it was used in the South Pacific as a guerilla warfare tactic.  From four to ten feet deep, it is filled with approximately two dozen sharpened bamboo shafts, all directed upwards so that the unsuspecting victim who thinks he is walking upon mere leaves and twigs with which the pit is camouflaged will be impaled upon the deadly shafts after making a false step.

Since  Richard Connell's story "The Most Dangerous Game" possesses the edgy mixture of guerilla warfare mixed with animalistic predator against prey, the Burmese Tiger Trap is made for the brutal General Zaroff.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I do not quite understand what you are supposed to do -- there is a long description of the trap in the story.  Are you supposed to paraphrase it?

The Burmese tiger trap is basically a deep hole dug in the ground.  It has sharp stakes that are pounded into the ground (sharp points sticking up) at the bottom of the hole.  Then you put a bunch of sticks and grass over the top of the hole so that the tiger (or in this case Zaroff and his dogs) can't tell that there is a hole there.  When your prey falls into the trap, they get impaled on the stakes and die.

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