Literary Devices Used In Richard Connell's The Most Dangerous Game

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Did you know that authors use many different literary devices to tell a story? A literary device is a technique writers use to make their stories unique and interesting. Literary devices like simile, metaphor, suspense, personification, allusion, irony, foreshadowing, and imagery are used in lots of stories. In the short story ¨The Most Dangerous Game”, Richard Connell uses literary devices such as suspense and simile to help the reader gain a clear understanding of the story. In this essay, I will provide two examples of literary devices used throughout Richard Connell’s short story. I believe that the literary devices that are used in ¨The Most Dangerous Game¨ are effective; here's why. One literary device used in "The Most Dangerous Game" is suspense. Suspense is what makes a reader uncertain or curious about what will happen next. The writer Richard Connell uses suspense in a few ways. The first example is when Whitney and Rainsford are sailing to Rio de Janeiro and come across an island in the middle of…show more content…
A simile is a comparison that describes two different things using ¨like¨ or ¨as.¨ The first way Connell demonstrates using a simile is in the example, ¨The sea was as flat as a plate glass window.¨ He describes the sea to a smooth glass window. During this part of the story, there was no breeze in the air and the ocean waves were still and calm, which caused Rainsford to feel stressed about the strange things that were happening around the island. Another way Connell used a simile was ¨...his thick eyebrows were pointed and military mustache was as black as the night from which Rainsford had come.¨ In this simile, he compared the black night outside to Zaroff´s facial hairs. For the literary device ¨simile¨, I believe that Connell provides effective examples that give the readers specific details so they can have more of an understanding of what something may look like or compare
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