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In Richard Connells short story The Most Dangerous Game the use of literary devices found blended with other literary devices gives the story an inner meaning The blending of literary devices effectively expresses the intentions of Connell to present contrast between the antagonist and protagonist points of view As a result the reader can gain insight on the good and evil sides of the story to enhance the purpose of his interpretation The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell presents literary devices such as foreshadowing setting and irony which reveal the underlying meaning of the story Connells use of foreshadowing creates an atmosphere of mystery and a hesitant feeling of not knowing what events will occur For instance Zaroff has ceased hunting because all the animals had become too easy to chase but one animal has a certain characteristic of being able to reason which rekindles his passion for the thrill of the hunt 68 The vague statement at which Zaroff makes at Rainsford obviously hints toward humans as being the animal of reason because referring to the statement Rainsford makes in the early stages of the story he asserts that animals do not feel or think Now that Rainsford conceives the idea that Zaroff hunts humans it provides Rainsford with a frustrating mental reaction of fear and anger because Zaroff openly declares that he poaches humans for amusement and yet Rainsford feels the anxiety of dying in his sick game Equally important while Zaroff hunts strategically his brain against Rainsford 71 it sent a shudder of cold horror in the flowing veins of Rainsford because of the fear that he will lose his nerve 73 Immediately when Rainsford enters the repulsive jungle he knows that the strategy for staying alive becomes not only physically but by remaining mentally strong and not losing his nerves For this reason by staying on objective and visualizing his goal of achieving victory over Zaroff Rainsford will not have
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