Explain why Rainsford is a dynamic character in "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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A dynamic character (also known as round or developing) in literature always undergoes great changes--usually inner or emotional--by the end of the story. Rainsford is such a character in "The Most Dangerous Game." At the beginning of the story the reader learns that Rainsford has little sympathy for the animals he hunts: He is unconcerned about the pain he may cause, their feelings or their natural instinct for survival. To Rainsford, big gameĀ is good only for the thrill it provides the hunter and for the trophy that can be attained for mounting. Rainsford also disagrees with Zaroff's own murderous love of hunting humans, and he refuses to take part in Zaroff's hunt until he himself becomes Zaroff's prey. But by the end of the story, Rainsford has changed: He develops a pity for the animal being hunted through the misery and apprehension that he faces while being hunted by Zaroff. Even more importantly, Rainsford's desire for revenge--to kill Zaroff after he successfully evades him and returns to his bedroom--becomes so overwhelming that he reverses the roles with the Cossack. Rainsford successfully survives this hunt, apparently killing Zaroff and enjoying a comfortable sleep in the Russian's bed.


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