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Author Richard Connell does create a clever play on words in the double-meaning title of "The Most Dangerous Game." In one sense, the hunting of human beings is a new type of game--a contest--pitting the wily General Zaroff against a human prey. For Zaroff, it is a more challenging sport since the hunting of animals has become boring to him, no longer a challenge. This game is an exciting one, and the chance to stalk a renowned hunter such as Rainsford makes it irresistible to him. In another context, the game is the prey--the hunted. Zaroff has already killed every known big game available to him, but man is a different type of victim: The human quarry can think, reason, and feel the fear of death, and he presents a greater danger and the remote possibility of actually turning the tables on the hunter--as Rainsford does in the end.
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