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Based on the events in the story Rainsford changes his opinion regarding hunting, what...

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higareda | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted October 9, 2011 at 3:04 AM via web

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Based on the events in the story Rainsford changes his opinion regarding hunting, what is the change and support it with a quotation from the beginning of the story.

And  one quote from the story to support the intro which is the question. I'm Confused and don't understand.

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schulzie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted October 9, 2011 at 3:30 AM (Answer #1)

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When Rainsford is on the yacht at the beginning of the story, he is talking with his friend, Whitney, and Rainsford says that hunting is the best sport in the world.  Whitney replies that hunting is a great sport for the hunter, but it is not so great for the jaguar. Rainsford thinks that is crazy, that animals don't feel anything.  Whitney argues that

"I rather think they understand one thing---- fear.  The fear of pain and the fear of death" (pg 1)

To which Rainsford replies

"Nonsense... This hot weather is making you soft, Whitney.  Be a realist.  The world is made up of two classes --- the hunters and the hunted. Luckily, you and I are the hunters" (pg 1)

In other words, he does not believe that animals experience fear. Later in the story, Rainsford becomes the hunted.  The author tells the reader, 

"The Cossack was the cat; he was the mouse.  Then it was that Rainsford knew the full meaning of terror." (pg 10)

After Rainsford builds two of his traps for Zaroff, he awakes one morning to the sound of the baying of hounds.  The author says,

"At daybreak Rainsford, lying near the swamp, was awakened by a sound that made him KNOW that he had new things to learn about fear." (pg11)

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