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The Most Dangerous Game Literary Analysis

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Name: Christian Ryan Date: October 13th, 2017 Period: 4

The idea of insanity is not one frequently acknowledged in literature. However, these authors display powerful usage of their key literary elements, symbolism, and characterization to display outstanding want to describe obsession. Connell and Browning both used symbolism and characterization to convey that one should never succumb to obsessive desires.

Connell begins in The Most Dangerous Game, wherein he probes individual characters and develops them, just as Browning does in Porphyria's Lover. The Most Dangerous Game begins with a eerie quote displayed at the top of the page. “The world is made up of two classes- the hunters, and the hunted. The main character, Mr.Rainsford,
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A fireplace is roaring inside the cottage when Porphyria arrives. The speaker clearly is attached to her and loves being with her. She comes in and dries off and they both sit on a bench together and appreciate each other. Then, all of a sudden he plays with her hair and wraps it “three times” around her throat, making sure she’s dead. However, three lines before that, the speaker says that “Happy and proud; at last I knew Porphyria loved me” (Lines 32-33) He is exuberant with the final realization that she loves him. He seems to be so happy but after he kills her he feels as if this is the nicest thing he could do for her. Obviously, he becomes too obsessed. He becomes so obsessed with her that he seems to give up on just simply being happy with her and that he fears how God will judge him. He mentions how he makes sure she was dead which is another testament to the true insanity and the cautionary tale woven by the author. Thanks to the wonderfully crafted characters developed by Connell and Browning

Again, both authors managed to pull off another excellent literary device in their respective works. In this case, they both use symbolism to again connect back to never letting people succumb to obsessive desires. The first example of stellar symbolism coming back to show why people should never succumb to obsessive desires begins in The Most Dangerous Game
“Hurled me against a tree...fractured my skull. But I got the brute” (32) In this case the symbol is
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