Short Story #1 – “The Most Dangerous Game”

1. Provide the title and author of your story.  Then write a well-developed paragraph in response to the story.  Some questions to think about: did you like it or not?  Why? How did the story make you feel? Does this make you want to read other stories by this author? Would you recommend this story to someone else? Why?

The short story that I will be talking about is “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell. This story is a very good piece of literature, due to first, the protagonist (aka Sanger Rainsford) falling off a yacht and ending up in a mysterious island called Ship Trap Island by the sailors who pass by the island, another factor was that the hunting was not something I expected, instead of hunting the usual which would be animals, the hunted is man himself. This story currently makes me feel uncomfortable and sick at the same time, due to the fact the Rainsford is being hunted by a another man who enjoys “man hunts.” This story actually does make me intrigued to read more stories by this author to see if this author has any more creepy/interesting stories. I would recommend this story to anyone who is interested in a plot that seems to get darker as you keep reading the story, this story is quite a piece of literature in which the hunter has become the hunted, in which the hunted must survive on its given supplies and of course…nature itself.

2. Style analysis.  Examine the punctuation used in the story.  Choose 1 or 2 sentences with interesting punctuation, and write a well-developed paragraph analyzing the usage and effect of the punctuation.

The following sentence, I find very interesting. “Tonight,” said the general, “we will hunt–you and I.” This sentence is very interesting because of the way he speaks, he starts with “Tonight, we will hunt” but the interesting part about this sentence are the two hyphens after “we will hunt.” This gives an ominous feeling that the something is about to happen, especially when the general ends with “you and I.” The usage of this hyphen is very well because it gives a small pause then continues the story that gives an ominous feeling that something will occur if the two were to go “hunting.” By saying “we will hunt–you and I,” the general is implying that this hunt is no ordinary hunt, this is why the two hyphen’s after “we will hunt” are so perfectly placed, to give the reader a sense of dread and fear due to the general saying that the hunt will only compose of him and Rainsford.


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