The Most Dangerous Game By Richard Connell

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Suspense, horror, anticipation, a distinct absence of trust in the higher powers that be - these are all crucial characteristic of the exemplary horror story; a representative of the "dark side" of literature. "The Most Dangerous Game", a short story written by Richard Connell focusing in on the interactions between two avid hunters fighting for ultimate victory, and the extent of danger carried by the game, incorporating all of these characteristics to create a scene of depiction unparalleled in its vividness, its dire atmosphere, its anticipatory nature, and its beneficial, unconventional position of contradiction at points. As any horror story, or indeed, any work at all, should ideally hone in on involving the reader in on its messages and course of events, this particular Connell work serves as a prime demonstration of the nature of suspense and fright in the entirety of literature.
"The Most Dangerous Game" 's adept utilization of the technique and characteristic of suspense is a major contributor to its overall horror and nature as a work representative of the dark side. Its depictions of the interactions between the protagonist, Rainsford, and General Zaroff contain various instances of anticipatory implications, many of which serve as a tributary into a turning point in the work. A prominent instance of this phenomenon comes into play when Zaroff states with a widened smile that "to date, [he has] not lost [a hunting game]" (612), implying that Rainsford will
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