Light in the forest - Shelby County Schools

Light in the forest - Shelby County Schools

The Dangero Most us Game Through the Text Powerpoint by Melissa Soeltz Free Powerpoint Templates Page 1 The Most Dangerous Game Free Powerpoint Templates

By Richard Connell Page 2 First Thoughts Looking at the title and the artwork, what do you expect this story to be about? What do you think the title means? What do you expect the main conflict to be? Free Powerpoint Templates

Page 3 (13) Setting Rainsford and his crew were sailing on the ocean toward South America, where they planned to hunt along the Amazon River. Free Powerpoint Templates (14) Page 4 Make an inference Rainsford heard a sound. It came out of the darkness, a high screaming sound, the sound of an animal in an extremity of anguish and

terror. He did not recognize the animal that made the sound; he did not try to; with fresh vitality he swam toward the sound. He heard it again; then it was cut short by another noise, crisp, staccato. Rainsford, a famous hunter, does not recognize the sound of the hunted animal. What does this suggest he will find on the island? Free Powerpoint Templates Page 5 (15) Metaphor

He saw no sign of a trail through the closely knit web of weeds and trees. Look at the metaphor in the sentence. What does the word web suggest about the landscape? Free Powerpoint Templates Page 6 (16) Metaphor His eyes made out the shadowy outlines of a palatial chateau; it was set on a high bluff, and

on three sides of it, cliffs dived down to where the sea licked greedy lips in the shadows. Why might Rainsford imagine the sea as a creature with greedy lips? List several other examples of metaphors you find in this story. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 7 (16) Make an Inference Read the passage that begins: Rainsfords first impression was that the man was

singularly handsome and ends with He is a Cossack, said the general, and his smile showed red lips and pointed teeth. So am I. Based on this description of General Zaroff, what can you infer about his character? What do you expect from him at this point in the story? Free Powerpoint Templates Page 8 (17) Connections- What is a Cossack?

A.S. Pushkin wrote about Cossacks: "Always on horseback, always ready to fight, always on the alert". The Cossacks of the frontier had to live in constant fighting trim, 24 hours a day. It was reflected even in their clothes. Daggers were provided even for women and children. Men were supposed to carry fire arms all the time, and even babies were carried in a special hood behind the back to have hands free to fight back in case of sudden attack. In later years, the czars of Russia utilized the Cossacks as border troops and as special military force during wars up to the World War 1, when they were used for the most dangerous missions. In the latter part of the 19th and early part of the 20th centuries, the czarist

government used Cossack troops to suppress Freethe Powerpoint Russian Templates Revolution of 1905 Page 9 (17) Setting When Rainsford enters the large home, he feels at ease because the surroundings (the luxurious decorations, the trophy heads on the wall) and Zaroffs

interest in hunting would appeal to him. Do you think he should let down his guard? Why or why not? Free Powerpoint Templates Page 10 (17) Make an Inference Read the passage that begins: The general filled both glasses and said: and ends It would be impossible to tell you how many animals I have killed.

Based on the details of General Zaroffs upbringing, what can you infer about his character? What do you expect from him as the story continues? Free Powerpoint Templates Page 11 (19) Connections- Survival of the Fittest In the early part of the twentieth century, Charles Darwin formulated a theory of evolution called Natural Selection, or Survival of the Fittest, which states that animals who

are strong and intelligent will live long enough to propagate. Weak, less intelligent animals are usually killed or die young. To justify his hunting of humans, Zaroff cites Darwins principle of Survival of the Fittest, distorting the idea to mean that only the strongest members of a species were worthwhile. As you read, think about the various ways in which the evil General Zaroff distorted Darwins ideas to develop his own monstrous philosophy. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 12 (21) Simile, Conflict

They indicate a channel where theres none; giant rocks with razor edges crouch like a sea monster with wide-open jaws. They can crush a ship as easily as I crush this nut. Look at the simile in the sentence. How does this simile contribute to the conflict in the story? How does the authors word choice generate feelings of suspense? Free Powerpoint Templates Page 13 (21) Conflict My dear fellow, said the general, have I not told you I always mean what I say about

hunting? This is really an inspiration. I drink to a foeman worthy of my steelat last. At this point in the story, the conflict changes from clashing viewpoints to physical opposition. Are the opponents equally matched, or does one character have an advantage over the other? Explain. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 14 (23) Irony Verbal irony takes place when a writer or speaker says one thing but means something completely different. Look at the following

examples of irony: General Zaroff calls himself civilized, but engages in the hunting of men. He speaks of his sadness when he lost his best dog Lazarus, but feels no compassion at the people that have lost their lives in the hunt. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 15 (23) Conflict He had not been entirely clearheaded when the chateau gates snapped shut behind him. His whole idea at first was to put distance between himself and General Zaroff, and, to

this end, he had plunged along, spurred on by the sharp rowels of something very like panic. Now, he had gotten a grip on himself, had stopped, and was taking stock of himself and the situation. Rainsford is experiencing internal conflict. According to this passage, what forces, or emotions, within himself must Rainsford keep in check in order to survive? Free Powerpoint Templates Page 16 (24) Make an Inference Rainsford held his breath. The generals eyes had left the ground and traveling inch by inch up the tree.

Rainsford froze there, every muscle tensed for a spring. But the sharp eyes of the hunter stopped before they reached the limb where Rainsford lay; a smile spread over his brown face. Very deliberately he blew a smoke ring into the air then he turned his back on the tree and walked carelessly away, back along the trail he had come. The swish of the underbrush against his hunting boots grew fainter and fainter. After reading General Zaroffs actions, make an inference about why Zaroff behaves the way he does. Why does he smile? Why is the smoke ring deliberate? Why does he walk carelessly? Free Powerpoint Templates Page 17 (24)

Simile Read the passage that begins: When the general, nursing his bruised shoulder, had gone, Rainsford took up his flight again. and ends He stepped back from the quicksand a dozen feet or so, and like some huge prehistoric beaver, he began to dig. Find the two similes in the passage and copy them onto your paper. How do these similes, with their suggestion of Rainsfords beastliness, indicate Rainsfords changing perspective on animal life? Free Powerpoint Templates Page 18 (26)

Make an Inference At ten, he went up to his bedroom. He was deliciously tired, he said to himself as he locked himself in. There was a little moonlight, so before turning on his light, he went to the window and looked down at the courtyard. He could see the great hounds, and he called: Better luck another time, to them. The he switched on the light. Judging General Zaroffs actions make an inference as to why he is so relaxed at this point in the story. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 19 (28)

Foreshadowing To hook our curiosity, writers drop clues that foreshadow, or hint at, what will happen later in the story. Go back through the story and answer the following questions: -What clues at the start of the story foreshadow danger ahead for Rainsford? -How does Rainsfords discussion about hunting at the start of the story foreshadow later developments? -What details in the description of Zaroffs unusual dental features and lips foreshadow the truth about his nature? (How do these details make him seem like a monster?) Free Powerpoint Templates

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