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The Most Dangerous Game Literary Terms

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Christopher von Haasl

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SUMMARY: Rainsford is an expert hunter.
While on a boat trip he falls overboard
and swims to an island. There, he meets
General Zaroff. Zaroff stocks the island
with shipwrecked sailors and then hunts these men instead of animals. Rainsford refuses to join the hunt. As a result, Zaroff hunts Rainsford. Rainsford alludes Zaroff and then returns to confront Zaroff. THEME: Hunter VS the hunted Connell's short story contains many elements such as: Foreshadowing: A vague hint of what is to come-

"For a moment the general did not reply; he was smiling his curious red-lipped smile." and "I hunt more dangerous game." "He was a tall man past middle age, for his hair was a vivid white; but his thick eyebrows and pointed military mustache were as black as the night from which Rainsford had come. His eyes, too, were black and very bright. He had high cheek bones, a sharp-cut nose, a spare, dark face, the face of a man used to giving orders, the face of an aristocrat." Antagonist/ The source of the conflict in a literary work: Zaroff- The one who is causing the conflict. Trying to kill Rainsford. Point of View: Third person omniscient-
Starts from the point of view of Rainsford and then changes to Zaroff's Mood/Tone: Suspenseful, dangerous, creepy Genre: Horror/Mystery/Thriller Character: Rainsford- Round/Dynamic
Meaning that he portrays more than one personality trait. He was comfortable in Zaroff's mansion and then is not and wants to leave. He also is hardened thourgh the experience of being hunted and killing Zaroff. Diction: Dark/Gloomy/Violent Conflict: Man vs Man Symbols: Simple objects or names that can mean much more. by PLOT: Sequence of Events in a literary work Exposition: Main Characters are Rainsford and Zaroff who are both big game hunters. Subordinate characters: Ivan and Whitney. Resolution: Rainsford manages to go around Zaroff and get back to the mansion and hide in the Generals closet and turn the tables on Zaroff by killing him. Rising Action: 1st- Rainsford hears gunshots and makes his way towards them to find shelter. 2nd- He meets Zaroff who is a hunter but not only of animals. (bum Bum BUM) Climax: The hunt begins! Rainsford is given a 3 hour start and starts sprinting as soon as he is released. Falling Action: Day one. Zaroff catches Rainsford but lets him go to prolong the "game." Day two. Rainsford sets a few a traps and makes it though the night. Protagonist/ Main character in a literary work:
Rainsford- Is the one who is stuck in the middle
of the
conflict Character: Zaroff- Flat/Static
Meaning that he stays the same through the whole story.
Zaroff still doesnt change even before his own death. Imagery: The ability to form mental images or events. Irony: Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs. ‘This place has an evil name among seafaring men, sir.' Personification: Figure of speech where non-human things take human characteristics. 1."An apprehensive night crawled slowly by like a wounded snake."

2."...trying to peer through the dank tropical night that was palpable as it pressed its thick warm blackness in upon the yacht."

3."The sensuous drowsiness of the night was on him."

4."For a seemingly endless time he fought the sea..."

5."...the muttering and growling of the sea breaking on a rocky shore."

6."Bleak darkness was blacking out the sea and jungle..."

7."..cliffs dived down to where the sea licked greedy lips in the shadows." The island is called Ship-Trap not only because it traps ships, but because it traps animals and people and makes them become prey. Setting: This story takes place in the early 1900's as Zaroff talks about gaining money from the Russian Revolution. The story starts off on a yacht, then to in the ocean, and finally on a small island. Ship-Trap island in located in the Caribbean Sea, and is full of jungle animals, plants, and Zaroff and his prey. The mood and atmosphere starts off suspenseful as Rainsford tries to get to shore. When he arrives on the island, the mood turns curious, and during the hunt it is full of fear and anxiety. 1. It's ironic that Zaroff thinks its a shame that Lazarus died, but he doesn't care about Ivan that died with him, even though Ivan is a human like Zaroff himself. 2. Zaroff says that Rainsford is lucky he's a hunter, just like himself, but then Rainsford becomes the prey anyways. Simile: A direct Comparison between two dissimilar objects. 1."It's like moist black velvet."

2. "He strained his eyes in the direction from which the reports had come, but it was like trying to see through a blanket."

3. "The sea was as flat as a plate-glass window."

4. "An apprehensive night crawled slowly by like a wounded snake."

5. "..like some huge prehistoric beaver, he began to dig." Metaphor: An implied comparison between two objects 1. "The lights of the yacht became faint and ever-vanishing fireflies..."
2. "He lived a year in a minute." Allusion: A reference to a well know literary work outside of the story. Lazarus the dog alludes to Lazarus in the Bible Zaroff vs Rainsford
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