Personification Of Life In Richard Connell's The Most Dangerous Game

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Richard Connell’s “The Most Dangerous Game” is a complex reflection about how different people’s attitude about life affects theirs, and the lives of others. Connell uses the literary elements of setting, conflict, and characterization to convey the theme of “Death threatens those who do not appreciate life”. First, in the story, the setting displays the theme of “Death threatens those who do not appreciate life” through the author’s use of setting as a response to events that take place in the story as well as the distinct description of the setting in the story and how the characters interact with it. The story displays the setting as the enemy of Rainsford, as a personification of death. The text says “The wash from the speeding yacht slapped him in the face and the salt water in his open mouth made him gag and strangle.”(Pg. 15) This conveys theme because Rainsford is a character shown to not appreciate life in the beginning of the story in his argument with Whitney. Rainsford says “You’re a big-game hunter, not a philosopher. Who cares how a jaguar feels?”(Pg. 14) This shows Rainsford is a character that does not appreciate life. His interaction with the setting in the story is representative of how death is threatening Rainsford, which conveys the theme of “death threatens those who do not appreciate life”. Alternatively, Connell also uses conflict in the story to portray the theme by creating various tones with the conflict and using it to symbolize different
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