Most Dangerous Game
by Richard Connell
Mr. Urban – English 1
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Key Literary Terms
“The Most Dangerous Game”
A protagonist is the main character (the central or primary personal figure) of a literary, theatrical, cinematic, video game, or musical narrative, around whom the events of the narrative's plot revolve and with whom the audience is intended to share the most empathy.
The principal opponent of the protagonist is a character known as the antagonist, who represents or creates obstacles that the protagonist(s) must overcome. As with protagonists, there may be more than one antagonist in a story.
A round character is a major character in a work of fiction who encounters conflict and is changed by it. Round characters tend to be more fully developed and described than flat, or static, characters. If you think of the characters you most love in fiction, they probably seem as real to you as people you know in real life. This is a good sign that they are round characters. Round characters usually have descriptions and dialogue. A character's responses to conflict and his or her thoughts are also revelatory.
A static character is a literary character who remains basically unchanged throughout a work.
Foreshadowing is a technique used by authors to provide clues for the reader to be able to predict what might occur later in the story. In other words, it is a literary device in which an author drops hints about the plot and what may come in the near future or, in other words, the plot developments to come later in the story.
Tone is a literary technique that is a part of composition, which encompasses the author’s attitudes toward the subject and toward the audience implied in a literary work. Tone may be formal, informal, intimate, solemn, somber, playful, serious, ironic, condescending, or many other possible attitudes.
Style is the arrangement of words in a manner which at once expresses the individuality of the author and the idea or intent in his mind. It includes the author’s POV and is HOW the author tells the story. Look for 1st, 3rd or 3rd person omniscient narration. Look for clues of an unreliable narrator such as blatant, untrue statements, the claim to be mentally ill and delusional and elements of the story that suggest the narrator may have a distorted or biased point-of-view.
Tone vs. Mood
First to clarify the difference between tone and mood: The tone is the author's attitude, stated or implied, toward a subject. The mood is the feeling of the characters and the emotions of the reader. They include suspense, anxiety, fear, terror. #1 - Falling off the yacht
"He struggled up to the surface and tried to cry out, but the wash from the speeding yacht slapped him in the face and the salt water in his open mouth made him gag and strangle." #2 - When he is swimming toward the shore he hears:
"Rainsford heard a sound. It came out of the darkness, a high screaming sound, the sound of an animal in an extremity of anguish and terror." #3 - When he comes up to the house, opens the door:
"The first thing Rainsford's eyes discerned was the largest man Rainsford had ever seen--a gigantic creature, solidly made and black bearded to the waist. In his hand the man held a long-barreled revolver, and he was pointing it straight at Rainsford's heart." #4 - When he finds out Zaroff hunts humans:
"My dear fellow," said the general, "there is one that can." "But you can't mean--" gasped Rainsford." #5 - After a long night of being hunted by Zaroff:
"The general was playing with him! The general was saving him for another day's sport! The Cossack was the cat; he was the mouse. Then it was that Rainsford knew the full meaning of terror."
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