Essay The Most Dangerous Game By Richard Connell

751 Words Jan 8th, 2015 4 Pages
Suspense is a state of mental uncertainty or excitement, as in awaiting a decision or outcome, usually accompanied by a degree of apprehension or anxiety. Most people crave suspense in literature, movies, or other forms of entertainment. Author Richard Connell uses suspense in the form of foreshadowing in the short story “The Most Dangerous Game” to pull readers in and create a certain interest and involvement in the characters and the story. In the beginning of the story Rainsford and his partner Whitney are on a boat heading in the direction of Rio. They are discussing Rainsford’s theory of hunting, Whitney is disagreeing with Rainsford’s opinion that the animals being hunted have no fear, no feelings. “"Nonsense," laughed Rainsford. "This hot weather is making you soft, Whitney. Be a realist. The world is made up of two classes--the hunters and the huntees. Luckily, you and I are hunters” (Connell 62). This shows that Rainsford believes in the fact that hunters will never be hunted and huntees will never hunt. This creates a sense that a situation might come up, where the hunter will indeed become the huntee, which will create suspense by not giving the reader a clue into when, how, or why a situation like this may, or may not occur. Soon after, Rainsford falls off of the boat and into the ocean. Previous to this he had heard three gunshots in the distance and makes the decision to swim in that general direction. Soon he discovers land on what is presumed by…

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