The Most Dangerous Game
There are many different literary devices an author can use to develop a story. They select literary devices to create a plot, set the mood, and build excitement in their story. In Richard Connell’s short story “The Most Dangerous Game”, he details his protagonist Rainsford, who discovers himself trapped on a Caribbean island. Connell is effective in using the literary devices of foreshadowing and suspense to bring a sense of fear and danger throughout his story.
As Connell begins his story, he uses conversation between Rainsford and his friend Whitney that foreshadows the main conflict in the story. As Rainsford and Whitney stand on the deck of the yacht, Rainsford explains, “The world is made up of two classes – the hunters and the huntees. Luckily, you and I are the hunters” (1). This use of foreshadowing suggests that the tables will soon be turned on the hunter.
The reader’s thoughts are being prepared for the plot twist to come. Later, Whitney speaks about the island saying, “An evil place can, so to speak, broadcast vibrations of evil” (2). This remark continues to set the mood and tone for more evil events that take place later. Connell’s use of foreshadowing is effective, because it prepares the reader’s mind with a sense of fear and danger that will follow Rainsford on the island. His use of foreshadowing is also effective, because it helps to create the mood and conflict in the story.
Author, Richard Connell, continues to bring a sense of fear and danger in his story as he uses suspense to bring excitement and create the mood. Connell draws attention to Rainsford’s courage and determination. While being hunted, Rainsford hopes that he will not lose his courage and strength. This is seen when he breaks for cover before changing hiding places. This use of suspense enables the reader to sympathize more with Rainsford and recognize the enormous amount of strength needed to survive his situation. The reader comprehends the ongoing effort Rainsford must give to survive. Another time, Rainsford faces more danger when Ivan and Zaroff hunt him with a pack of vicious dogs. Again, Rainsford escapes by using his clever kills to construct a trap that kills Ivan. As each continuous event becomes more dangerous, it leaves the reader feeling as if nothing could top the previous event.
Connell’s brilliant use suspense is effective because, it keeps the reader guessing what will happen next and hungry for more until the end of the story. In Richard Connell’s “The Most Dangerous Game”, fear and danger are delivered through his effective use of literary devices foreshadowing and suspense. The mood is created with Connell’s detailed use of foreshadowing and suspense that builds excitement throughout the story.
Connell is effective in proving that the use of literary devices are a necessity in developing a captivating story.
Works Cited Connell, Richard. “The Most Dangerous Game” [Pdf].
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