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  • Foreshadowing: Use of clues to suggest events that have yet to occur.
  • Personification: A figure of speech in which human characteristics are given to nonhuman things
  • Visual Imagery: Creating an image in the reader’s mind by describing what they see
  • Use: “Don’t rot, Whitney, you’re a big-game hunter, not a philosopher. Who cares how a  jaguar feels?" (Connell 1) Analysis:Rainsford is saying that he doesn’t care about the animal and what they feel because he claims they don’t have feelings. This is in the story because it creates a problem later on in the story. When Zaroff is hunting Rainsford, Rainsford thinks back to this moment and remembered when he thought who cares about the animals.
  • Metaphor: A comparison between 2 UNLIKE things without the verbal signal
  • Use: “He struggled up to the surface and tried to cry out, but the wash from the speedy yacht slapped him in the face…” (Connell 2) Analysis: Rainsford falls off the yacht and he hits the water hard. This is in the story to emphasize how big his fall off the boat was.
  • Auditory Imagery: Creating an image in the reader’s mind by describing what they hear.
  • Use: “Jagged crags appeared to jut up into the opaqueness…” (Connell 3) Analysis: When Rainsford finally gets to shore after his long swim in the dark, he is greeted by sharp rocks and a dark forest that isn’t allowing light to get through. This is used to show the possible danger and fear that the island causes.
  • Alliteration: The repetition of the starting sound of words in a line/sentence/verse.
  • Use: “All he knew was that he was safe from his enemy, the sea…” (Connell 3) Analysis: Rainsford is comparing being safe and his enemy. This comparison is made to show that Rainsford has solved his original problem in the story but has another coming. 
  • Use: “Ten minutes of determined effort brought another sound to his ears- -the most welcome he had ever heard- -the muttering and growling of the sea breaking on the rocky shore.” (Connell 3) Analysis: When Rainsford finally gets to the island he is greeted by “...the most welcome he had ever heard…” This is used to show how unwelcoming and dangerous the island really is. This and the other things Rainsford encounters when he first gets to the island make him a bit uneasy.
  • Use: “...Rainsford stood blinking in the river of glaring gold light that poured out.” (Connell 4) Analysis: Rainsford says this when he is describing Zaroff’s massive house. This is put into the story to describe the level of elegance the house had. This was also used to try to show the level of power Zaroff had because the gold represents power. 
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