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"The Most Dangerous Game" (1924) Richard Connell (1893-1949) A) Issues of the title: Game --a contest or

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  1. "The Most Dangerous Game" (1924) Richard Connell (1893-1949) A) Issues of the title: Game --a contest or sport --rule bound --winners and losers --prey/a hunted animal B) Setting—particularly Mood: Elements of mood that are significant are established in the opening paragraphs

  2. C) Characters 1) Rainsford 2) Zaroff 3) Ivan D) Conflict --Man vs. Man Rainsford vs. Zaroff Good vs. Evil E) Point of View Third Person Limited to Rainsford— WHY?

  3. Escapist Literature: Literature intended merely for diversion and entertainment. This type of literature is fun to read, but it says nothing significant about the human condition. The story often contains unlikely and improbable elements . Analytical Literature: Literature which has a theme and says something about the human condition. Literature that is open for interpretation and argument. We find true-to-life characters engaged in realistic situations.

  4. Improbable elements in “The Most Dangerous Game” Ship-Trap Island: p. 2 Zaroff’s chateau: pp. 5, 6, 10, 11 Furniture & Supplies: pp. 7, 8, 13 Training School: p. 12 Traps: Malay man-catcher: p. 17 Burmese tiger pit: p. 18 Uganda knife trap: p. 19

  5. Ivan: deaf & dumb, YET. . . butler, cook, prison guard, dog wrangler, builder Zaroff: “’[Ivan is a] simple fellow, but, I’m afraid, like all his race, a bit of a savage. . . . He is a Cossack. . . . So am I’” (p. 6). YET. . . cultured, refined tastes, sophisticated, civilized