Irony in "The Most Dangerous Game" Book Review

Irony in "The Most Dangerous Game"
A review of the them of irony in the short story "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell.
# 119207 | 756 words | 0 sources | 2010 | US
Published on Apr 11, 2010 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper briefly discusses how in the story "The Most Dangerous Game", the author describes an adventurous plot in which two highly skilled hunters have been pitted against each other in what can best be described as a "life or death" competition. The paper looks at how the author's use of irony helps to give an unexpected twist to what may be seen from the outset as a rather common phenomenon: hunting for sport.

From the Paper:

"There are very few characters in this story. Even then, Connell only chooses to elaborate on just two of these on a deeper level. Sanger Rainsford is the story's protagonist. Apart from his abundant knowledge of hunting, Rainsford is no different from any other ordinary man. The expectation is that his logical skills and moral values would be at the same level as those of a normal human being. It is implied then, that he would never engage in any behaviors which are characteristic of the animals he hunts. Sanger Rainsford shows the reader through his actions that he is a realistic and rational man secure in the certainty of the world around him. He shows us his moral nature through his arguments with General Zaroff. As General Zaroff explains his new pastime of hunting men instead of animals for sport, Sanger Rainsford contradicts the general and telling him that he "speaks of murder". "

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