Writing Style

Genre of Writing

The Most Dangerous Game has three basic genres: Gothic, Action-Adventure, and Horror

Throughout the story, Connell’s descriptions are very Gothic. WHen Rainsford falls foo the yatch into the ocean, he describes it as “blood war waters of the Caribbean sea”. Connell sets off a feeling of evil and danger through his descriptions. The mansion is also described very gothic, such as the “lofty structure with pointed towers plunging upwards into the gloom”, the gates are “tall” and “spiked” and creak once opened. Once Rainsford arrives to the enormous front doors he quickly recognizes the “leering gargoyle for a knocker”. Once inside the mansion, Rainsford acknowledges the enormous rooms and describes them as to be decorated as if in “feudal times”. The mansion’s hallways  contai “mounted heads of many animals-lions, tigers, elephants, moose, bears; larger or more perfect than Rainsford had ever seen”, it is a very hohorrific sight, dead animals are mounted on the walls.

A feeling of horror cannot be prevented when reading the story, specially when Rainsford meets Ivan, Zaroff’s servant. Ivan is described as “a gigantic creature, solidly made and black bearded to the waist.”, to make the introduction worse: “In his hand the man held a long-barreled revolver, and he was pointing it straight at Rainsford’s heart.” Zaroff is also a horror character. He enjoys wrecking ships by turning on a light that “indicate a channel…where there’s none”, he then kidnaps the sailors to kill them. He is also described as a scary man: “and his smile showed red lips and pointed teeth.” During dinner, Rainsford notices the “General studying him, appraising him narrowly.” Zaroff kill men for a sport, which in our society would be categorized as a murderer. Zaroff’s dogs are described by Rainsford as “grotesque patterns” and “huge black shapes” with “eyes glittered greenly.”

Of course the action-adventure genre is in the story. The hunter becomes the huntee, deadly obstacles in he fight for survival, weapons, strategies, and deadly animals. Rainsford must fight for his life through an unknown jungle and outsmarting a far more experienced hunter, Zaroff. Zaroff challenges Rainsford, “Your brain against mine. Your woodcraft against mine. Your strength and stamina against mine.” Ivan provides rainsford with a  “long-bladed hunting knife.” while Zaroff has a “cocked revolver” as a weapon. The jungle was filled with booby traps made by Rainsford, such as the pit of stakes by the Death Swamp. Rainsford’s booby trao actuall worked for he “heard the sharp crackle of the breaking branches as the cover of the pit gave way; he heard the sharp scream of pain as the pointed stakes found their mark.”

Theme

Rainsford becomes stranded on an island after falling off a ship. He encounters evil General Zaroff who ,along with his servant, hunts humans for sport. Zaroff begins to hunt Rainsford in his immense jungle, and after three enduring days, Rainsford sneaks into Zaroff’s bedroom at night and kills him. At the end of the story, it is unknown whether Rainsford stays on the island or goes back home.

Setting

The story’s timeline falls sometime after the World War I. The characters are located on the Caribbean. At first in a yatch bound to Brazil, but once Rainsford falls offthe yatch he is in a mysterious Caribbean island.

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