The Most Dangerous Game By Richard Connell And ' Strawberry Spring

1033 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 5 Pages
To some, darkness is only the absence of light. However, many see the dark as an important symbol for evil in both life and literature. For some characters, the darkness is a place they can be free from social inhibitions and the behaviors. Darkness is also a symbol for the darker side of human nature. Many people have some level of apprehension in situations with darkness because of the ambiguity and naivety it makes them feel. When a setting is dark, the mood of a story is suspenseful and creepy to match the essence of darkness. In “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell and “Strawberry Spring” by Stephen King, darkness is used to enhance the the true horror of their tales.
While the setting of these two stories varies widely from college campuses to cannibalistic islands, one element of the setting is demonstrated in both. Darkness is a necessary contributor to the setting. It is used to create a frightening place for the stories to unfold. In “The Most Dangerous Game” darkness changes the mood from the character Rainsford finding a warm, welcoming chateau to the feelings of him being sent into a place where everything is turned against him; a place where Rainsford is the prey. As Rainsford struggles through the first night with the killer General Zaroff the “apprehensive night crawled slowly by like a wounded snake and sleep did not visit Rainsford, although the silence of a dead world was on the jungle” (Connell 12). Jungles are often lively, but when the factor of…

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