Most Dangerous Game Analysis

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“The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell is a short story that begins as a normal hunting trip, but suddenly turns into a life or death situation for the protagonist of the story, Rainsford. Rainsford finds himself in plenty nerve wracking situations of which he must find his way out of. Throughout the short story, the author builds up suspense in different occasions with factors like the setting, the characters, and hunting because it helps make the mood of the story more intense. Richard Connell commences the story with suspense, but then the suspense arises to a whole new level the minute Rainsford falls off of the yacht. Rainsford begins to swim towards the island in search of a village to get help from, but ends up encountering something completely different as to what he was searching for. “But as he forged he saw to his great astonishment that all the lights were in one enormous building -- a lofty structure with pointed towers plunging up into the gloom.” (4,5). This quote establishes suspense because it’s the description of a well built and enormous structure in the middle of an island with a bad reputation within the sailors and Rainsford had also recently heard gunshots from the island which a little too peculiar and adds edginess to the scene. It starts off the story with a scary mood and helps the reader unveil that that this building may not be a safe place. The setting kicks off the suspense in the story and is one of the main factors that produces it,

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