Second, by the use of imagery which describes the elements and objects in the story. Third, by the SE of foreshadowing, which will make the readers guess on what is to come in the future of the story. The author creates suspense in the story “The Most Dangerous Game” through the use of a recurring theme, imagery, and foreshadowing. Firstly, suspense is achieved in the story with the help of its theme, survival Of the fittest. First, there were multiple events where the main characters life is at risk. As shown in the beginning of the story and the throughout the climax. Mr..
Rainstorm accidentally fell in the ocean where he almost drowned and throughout the story, he is chased by a hunter named General Croft in a dangerous jungle. When he almost drowned, it shoes how he struggled to swim to Ship-Trip island where he hopes there are people and food, but then he is also aware that there rumors of it being cursed and dangerous. Also, there are many moments where he almost got killed – being chased by Carrots pack of hounds, and facing him for the last time in the ending. It is suspenseful because we would never predict when Rainstorm might die due to the many dangers he went through.
Second, the idea of roaming an unknown and dangerous island trying to survive is terrifying. When General Croft proposed to hunt Mr.. Rainstorm, he is forced to hide in the forest where he must try to hide from Croft while also try to prevent being ambushed by dangerous animals or deadly traps he might face, psychologically stressing his mental state. It is suspenseful because normally, one would be scared if he/she was in Raindrop’s shoes because they have to hide in a silent and unknown jungle where they are being hunted by a man with a gun.
Third, the main plot of the story is about the competition between humans where the main character is greatly overwhelmed. When exploring the forest and meeting General Croft and Ivan, they said they will hunt him. This leads Mr.. Rainstorm to survive for three days while Croft, Ivan, and his hounds, try to find and kill him. If I put it in an analogy, Mr.. Rainstorm is the mice while Croft is the cat. This is because of Rainstorm only armed with a knife while he must try to avoid Croft, who has clearly superior weaponry. This adds suspense because Mr..
Rainstorm is in the disadvantage, thus it is harder for him to survive. In conclusion, these examples prove how the theme “Survival of the fittest” makes the story suspenseful. These three examples are: Raindrop’s life is in danger, the thought Of being in danger, ND having someone who want to kill you. Secondly, with the help of imagery, which is basically using words that has a descriptive and visual touch in it so the readers feel the depth of the story, it makes the story suspenseful. First, the author describes the feel and of the emotion of the island as being mysterious and unsettling.
In the beginning of the story while Rainstorm was in the boat, the author used words and phrases like “dank tropical forest”, “impenetrable tangle of trees” and the “muttering and growing of the seas breaking on a rocky shore. ” The author’s use of words describes the island as Ewing eerie and unsafe approaches the story as being suspenseful because in human nature, we would really be scared if we are alone in an isolated and treacherous island. Second, we can feel the terror Rainstorm is feeling with the use of vivid descriptions for him.
During the time Rainstorm was just trying to hide from Croft, he hid in the branch of the tall tree but then Croft easily found his trail. The author described Raindrop’s heart almost about to burst. This describes how scared Rainstorm felt because Croft is just below him. Third, he uses imagery to describe the setting where the main character is in, hush, adding realism to the story. As the story moves on, the author uses adjectives to describe the pathways where Rainstorm went through such as the quicksand, he said it Was soft and it was like a giant leech.
When he plans to go back to Carrots mansion, it was a gloomy and gray. These dark and negative words add a suspenseful tone as one reads it because one can imagine what Rainstorm was witnessing from their own perspective. In conclusion, these examples really immerse readers as if they were the main character because the author used imagery, hence adding suspense. Lastly, he author uses foreshadowing which is a technique where signs or hints are used to imply what is to come in the future, to develop suspense.
First, when Croft and Rainstorm had a discussion about hunting because it was their interest, Croft hints that the likes to hunt humans. When Rainstorm went to the island and found the mansion, he met General Croft. They had a discussion about hunting and Croft felt that he found the perfect hunt, humans. He then proposed to Rainstorm he will hunt him. The way the author slowly hints that Rainstorm will be hunted by Croft adds a dramatic effect nice he does not immediately state his proposal to Rainstorm. Second, Croft hints he easily found Rainstorm.
While Rainstorm ran away to hide from Croft, he left trails of the path he went through, thus making it easy for Croft to find him, but not confronting him yet. During this part, the foreshadowing was suspenseful because readers would have thought that General Croft would kill Rainstorm at that time. Third, the author indicates how the final battle between Croft and Rainstorm ended. When Rainstorm finally killed most of Carrots allies, he went back to Carrots mansion before him. He then confronts Croft. The author exclaimed “He had never slept in a better bed, Rainstorm decided”.
This implies that Rainstorm was victorious. It is suspenseful because we finally found out the conclusion on the matter of the life and death of Rainstorm. The above examples show how foreshadowing makes the readers predict how the outcomes of the events in the story will be, therefore adding suspense. In conclusion, the use of many literary devices mainly the story’s theme, imagery, and foreshadowing helps to develop the story suspense. Firstly, the use of theme presents how survival ads suspense since it stresses the character.
Secondly, imagery adds suspense since we can be immersed by the story’s dark atmosphere. Lastly, the foreshadowing makes the readers on the edge of their seats because they keep predicting the future events in the story. The story main aspect which is survival, teaches us in general how we should be ready on times where our mental and physical conditions are challenged like Rainstorm, after all he went through and while he is at the disadvantage, he still won the game. Suspense is an essential part of this story because it makes the readers in the edge of their seats.