Literary Analysis for the Most Dangerous Game

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In “The Most Dangerous Game,” by Richard Connell, the author uses conflicts, imagery, and a tenacious theme to add to the plot of the story. “The Most Dangerous Game” is a story about a man names Rainsford and his struggle to defeat a hunting game against the antagonist, General Zaroff. Rainsford had fallen off a yacht in the Caribbean Sea and swam up onto the beach of a mysterious island. He found his way to a home belonging to a man named General Zaroff. After meeting the General and his servant, Ivan, they begin the hunt and Rainsford realizes how uncivilized the General really is. Rainsford finally understands how the animals he hunts feel when realizes that General Zaroff is hunting him, not any animals. In the end, Rainsford survives the three days and comes back to get his revenge on General Zaroff.

To begin, there is one main conflict and a few minor conflicts throughout the short story, “The Most Dangerous Game.”A conflict is a struggle or clash between opposing characters or opposing forces. The main conflict throughout this short story is that Rainsford is struggling to save his life. He realizes the General’s goal is to hunt him, and he has to think of strategies to escape the General’s boorish game. General Zaroff says, “It’s a game you see. I suggest to one of them that we go hunting. I give him a supply of food and an excellent hunting knife. I give him three hours’ start. I am to follow, armed only with a pistol of the smallest caliber and range. If my quarry eludes me for three whole days, he wins the game. If I find him…he loses.”(16) Another conflict in the exposition of the story was when Rainsford fell off the yacht. He was left stranded in the ocean as the waves were crashing over him. The author’s conflicts in “The Most Dangerous Game” help add to the suspense of Rainsford’s experience.

Secondly, the author of “The Most Dangerous Game” uses imagery to describe things such as the characters and the actions in this story. Imagery is...
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