The Most Dangerous Game
Richard Connell described the setting when he said this, " 'There was no breeze. The sea was as flat as a plate glass window. We were drawing near the island then' "(Connell 62).
The inciting incident is expressed when the author writes" He leaped upon the rail and balanced himself there to get better elevation; his pipe,striking a rope, was knocked from his mouth. He lunged for it; a short, hoarse cry came from his lips as he had realized he had reached too far and lost his balance" ( Connell 63).
The rising action starts to take shape when the author shows how Rainsford is treated when he writes, " ' It is a very great pleasure and honor to welcome Mr. Sanger Rainsford, the celebrated hunter, to my home' "(Connell 65).
The author presents the climax when he writes the conversation " ' Tonight,' said the general,' We will hunt- you and I' Rainsford shook his head. ' No, General,' he said ' I will not hunt.' ... ' As you wish, my friend,' he said. ' The choice rests entirely with you.' 'But may I not venture to suggest that you will find my idea of sport more diverting than Ivan's?'... ' You don't mean-' cried Rainsford. 'My dear fellow,' said the general, ' Have I not told you I always mean what I say about hunting?' " (Connell 74)
The author illustrates the falling action when he describes this interaction " He caught hold of a springy young sapling, and to it he fastened his hunting knife, with the blade pointing down the trail: with a bit of wild grapevine he tied back the sapling. Then he ran for his life. The hounds raised their voices as they hit the fresh sent. Rainsford knew now how an animal at bay feels.He had to stop to get his breath. The baying of the hounds stopped abruptly, and Rainsford's heart stopped, too. They must have reached the knife. He climbed excitedly up a tree and looked back. His pursuers had stopped. But the hope was in Rainsford's brain when he climbed died, for he saw in the shallow valley that General Zaroff was still on his feet. But Ivan was not. "(Connell 79)
" 'Rainsford!' screamed the General. 'How in God's name did you get here?' 'Swam,' said Rainsford. 'Found it quicker than walking through the jungle.' The general sucked in his breath and smiled. 'I congratulate you,' he said 'You have won the game' " (Connell 80)
The author wraps up the story when Rainford and Zaroff conversed "The general made one of his deepest vows. 'I see,'he said. 'Splendid! One of us is to finish a retast for the hound. The other will sleep in this very excellent bed. On-guard, Rainford...' He had never slept in a better bed, Rainford decided." (Connell 80)
The theme of the story is- You never really understand until you experience it yourself.
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