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The Most Dangerous Game: Literary AnalysisThe Most Dangerous Game is an intriguing story that consists of an absolute grudge match between a courageous, experienced hunter, and a murderous, crazed general. The story begins as the flat, static character Whitney, a crew member, mentions Ship-Trap Island and its strange reputation among sea-farers. He says, ‟ The old charts call it Ship- Trap Island.” He also says, “A suggestive name, isn’t it? Sailors have a curious dread of the place.”(I am quoting from The Most Dangerous Game, and you should be able to see my Works Cited page for what that parenthetical citation actually refers to). This is an example of exposition. The round, static character Sanger Rainsford declares it a hoax, starting an external, person vs. person conflict. Rainsford is the main character or protagonist in the story.When Rainsford hears shots in the night, he goes on the rail of the ship to get a visual. He drops his pipe and falls into the water trying to reach it. This is the inciting action, since it leads into the main conflict in the story. There is a rising action as Rainsford has an external, person vs. nature conflict while he struggles to stay afloat in the Caribbean Sea. Rainsford swims in the direction of the shots. Rainsford is skillful, courageous, and determined. He eventually arrives on Ship-Trap Island and goes into a deep sleep.Rainsford finds a carcass and an empty cartridge when he wakes up. Rainsford questions what type of people would inhabit an island that was so forsaken and dreaded. This is foreshadowing, since it hints at the kind of people Rainsford will meet. A trail of hunting boots leads Rainsford to Zaroff’s palatialchateau, where he is held at gunpoint by Ivan. Ivan is a flat and static character. General Zaroff, the antagonist, tells Ivan to stand down and says, ‟ It is a great honor to welcome Sanger Rainsford, the celebrated hunter, to my home.” (I am quoting from The Most Dangerous Game, and you should be able to see my Works Cited page for what that parenthetical citation actually refers to). The story is intriguing at this point, because the protagonist and antagonist seem to get along at first.
Rainsford thinks that Zaroff is very kind and hospitable as he gives Rainsford some of the finest food and wine. General Zaroff and Ivan are directly characterized as Cossacks. The general shows Rainsford his animal heads and also explains his hunting dilemma. Zaroff says that he got bored of hunting, but thought that he would lose his fortune by giving it up. This is an internal, person vs. self conflict as Zaroff has lost interest in his life-long career, but does not want to choose another one. Zaroff then reveals that he hunts humans, because they are the only animals that can reason.

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