“ Trying to peer through the dank tropical night that was palpable as it pressed its thick warm blackness in upon the yacht” The author introduces us to this story with a dark and warm mood.
There is a foreshadow when General Zaroff is talking about Ivan, he says. “A simple fellow, but, I’m afraid, like all his race, a bit of savage” Ivan and General Zaroff were both Cossacks. Therefore, General Zaroff is calling himself a savage which is a slight hint about the future.
The irony of Rainsford being hunted is that at the start of the story (pg. 2) he exclaimed “The world is made up of two classes -the hunters and the huntees. Luckily, you and I are the hunters.” But, Rainsford ended up being hunted by General Zaroff which makes it an Irony.
The conflict is that General Zaroff hunts humans for entertainment and he wants to hunt Rainsford. “ You’ll find this game worth playing”, General Zaroff said enthusiastically. “Your brain against mine”. General Zaroff was a highly skilled hunter and the probabilities for Rainsford to win the game were low.
The turning point of this story is when Rainsford jumped off the cliff and into the sea because is when he escapes from General Zaroff’s twisted hunting game. “ When the General and his pack reached the place by the sea, the Cossack stopped. For some minutes he stood regarding the blue-green expanse of water. He shrugged his shoulders. Then he sat down.” When Rainsford jumped into the sea, General Zaroff gave up, which he would not have done if Rainsford had not jumped. Which means the jump was the turning point action.
The resolution of this story is when Rainsford came back to the house for revenge. “Rainsford did not smiled. I am still a beast at bay, he said, in a low, hoarse voice. Get ready General Zaroff.” Rainsford and General Zaroff had a combat which at the end Rainsford won. General Zaroff was fed to the dogs, while Rainsford sleeps on his bed. Therefore Rainsford’s revenge was the resolution of the story.