Figurative Language In The Most Dangerous Game

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“The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell, “Dulce ET Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen, and “Mirror” by Sylvia Plath all share common themes. These stories all share a common theme of disillusionment, where everything is not as it appears to be. “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell begins with two hunting partners Rainsford, the main character, and Wilson talking on a boat. While speaking on the boat Wilson asks Rainsford how he thinks the jaguar feels while being hunted. Rainsford quickly dismisses this notion by commenting that he doesn't care how the jaguar feels while being hunted. This quick exchange between the two hunting partners helps to foreshadow later parts in the story. While wilson went off to sleep, Rainsford stayed on …show more content…
One of the main figurative languages uses is symbolism. Richard Connell uses the island as a symbol to show the great amount of isolation felt on the island. Rainsford feels isolated when he is being hunted by Zaroff and Rainsford feels as if there is no escape from the island. Zaroff uses the island as his own personal hunting grounds and isolates himself away from the rest of the world, which makes Zaroff act in an uncivilized way like hunting a human being. Richard Connell also uses foreshadowing to move the story along. When Rainsford is left on the top deck by Wilson this can be seen as foreshadowing to the isolation that Rainsford feels on the island because he is left alone on the top deck in the pitch black just like how he was left alone to fend against Zaroff all on his own without any tools. Richard Connell also uses allusion to help develop the characters in the story. One such allusion is to Ivan. Ivan is a Cossack and Cossacks are known to be brutal and cruel in their ways. Ivan also could be an allusion to Ivan the Terrible. Ivan the Terrible was a ruthless Russian dictator who mercilessly took lands from other countries and people ( Ivan can be an allusion to him because of how ruthless he is towards Rainsford during the

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