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Literary Devices In The Most Dangerous Game By Richard Connell

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In “The Most Dangerous Game”, author Richard Connell uses a variety of literary device to depict the theme. He uses the main character, Rainsford, to be the character which unfolds the theme as he goes through the experience of being treated like a wild animal and becoming the prey of another human for sport. Connell uses three literary devices frequently including foreshadowing, irony and symbolism in order to support the main theme, put yourself in the shoes of the animals you hunt.
Foreshadowing was a commonly used literary device the the author used in order to illustrate the point of view of Rainford, a character oblivious of what was to come in his future and what he was going to experience pertaining to emotional problems associated with hunting. Before Rainsford aborted his ship and swam to the mysterious island, he wasn’t sure of what laid ahead besides remarks his shipmates made before portraying the nature of an island close the area they were sailing in. (Connell pg 1) “The place has a reputation, a bad one.” This shows that Rainsford is in dangerous waters, but he doesn’t quite understand why. He also questions the words of his shipmates with a cleverly placed word. (Connell pg 1) “Cannibals?” A cannibal is when a member of a specific species eats its own flesh. This is hinting toward the idea of murder in the form of hunting for sport, one human harming another, without considering their victims emotions. Another somewhat iry form of foreshadowing which the
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