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Alison Pittuck
Ms. Doher
ENG 3U0
February 24, 2014
“The Most Dangerous Game”
1. The double entendre in the title The Most Dangerous Game would be that General Zaroff refers to “the game” as both hunting animals and humans in the same manner. General Zaroff treats animals and humans the same way, as he has no respect for the lives of either. He was looking for the ultimate satisfaction.
2. “Trying to peer through the dank topical night that was palpable as it pressed its thick warm blackness in upon the yacht” – visual imagery. This visual imagery is effective to this particular story because it makes you feel as if you are actually present in the creepy scene.
“He struggled up to the surface and tried to cry out, but the wash from the speeding yacht slapped him in the face” – tactile imagery. The tactile imagery is effective to this particular story because while reading the story, it is like the water is slapping my own face as I try to escape.
“ The salt water in his open mouth made him gag and strangle” – gustatory imagery. The gustatory imagery is effective in this particular story because I can taste the salt water as I fight for my life.
3. The type of narration that is used in this story third person. It is effective because the reader is learning the story at the same time as the characters do which makes the story more suspenseful.
4. The anti climax in this story is when Rainsford arrives on the island and finds General Zaroff”s house. The climax of this story is when General Zaroff orders Rainsford to hunt against him.
5. At the beginning of the story when Rainsford states “You’re a big game hunter, not a philosopher. Who cares how a jaguar feels?” Rainsford does in fact feel differently by the end of the story because he was the jaguar instead of the hunter. Rainsfords’ opinion changed when General Zaroff forced Rainsford to hunt against him.
6. When Rainsford asked Whitney if the people living on the island were cannibals and Whitney responded with no this is an example of irony because the island did in fact have cannibals on it. The other example of irony is when General Zaroff told Rainsford the dogs were let out every night at 7 so no one could get in or out of his home however Rainsford got into the house at a very late hour.
7. “It must have courage, cunning and above all it must be able to reason” – vivication. This is effective to the story because no animal can have these human like qualities however General Zaroff believes they can.
“His thick eyebrows and pointed military moustache were as black as the night from which Rainsford had come” –metaphor. This quote is effective as a metaphor because Rainsford is comparing how General Zaroff looks to the night sky.
8. Man vs. Man – When General Zaroff and Rainsford battle at the end of the story.
Man vs. Nature – When Rainsford admits to fighting animals his whole life.
Man vs. Society – When General Zaroff tells Rainsford he kills other humans for satisfaction.
The most important conflict would be Man vs. Man because throughout most of the story Rainsford has to hunt against General Zaroff to survive.
9. An example of foreshadowing in this story would be when Rainsford asks Whitney if cannibals live on the island. This is an example of foreshadowing because when Rainsford arrives on the island he finds that General Zaroff is in fact a cannibal and he kills everyone who comes onto the island.
10. Throughout The Most Dangerous Game the way the setting was described made me feel as if the island was a scary atmosphere that I would not want to be a part of.

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