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The author uses foreshadowing to create suspense and anxiety. When Rainsford
and Zaroff are having dinner together, Rainsford try to figure out what dangerous beasts
Zaroff hunts. "It must have courage, cunning, and above all, it must be able to
reason" (18). The reader is trying to distinguish what animal can be this smart. By the
end, one has concluded that Zaroff hunts humans, making one very anxious for
Rains ford. Similarly, Rainsford and Whitney are discussing hunting while on the ship.
"Be a realist. The world is made up of two classes- the hunters and the hunters. Luckily,
you and I are hunters" (15). One begins to think, what is the difference between the
two? How would it feel to be hunted? The reader remembers this quote when Rainsford
becomes the hunt. Tension is constructed through foreshadowing.
Connel produces diction to divulge uneasiness and mood. While Rainsford and
Whitney are sailing through the seas, the eery night is described in very vivid words.
"It's like a moist, black velvet... Dark, tropical night... moonless Caribbean night" (15).
This design of dynamic words makes the reader feel tense and precautions. One
senses that something unusual, bloodcurdling, and mysterious is about to happen.
Furthermore, Rainsford is hiding up in a tree while Zaroff is trying to hunt him down.
"Why had the general smiled... The general was playing with him... The cat was coming
to play with the mouse... thank you for a most amusing evening" (22). Zaroff acts as if
Rains ford is just a toy, like he has complete control over him. This brings a infernal,
sickening feeling over the reader, as if not sure what will happen next. Disquiet is
utilized through diction.