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What is an example of an internal conflict in this story "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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Posted October 2, 2013 at 3:11 PM via web

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What is an example of an internal conflict in this story "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 2, 2013 at 9:29 PM (Answer #1)

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An example of an internal conflict is Rainsford’s decision about whether to play the game or go to Ivan.

An internal conflict is a conflict a person has with his or her self.  It is a decision or a fear.  In this story, Rainsford finds himself on a remote island that happens to be inhabited by a madman who insists on hunting human beings for sport.  When Rainsford realizes his host does this, he accuses him of murder and refuses to participate in the game.  He is surprised by Zaroff’s reaction.

The general shrugged his shoulders and delicately ate a hothouse grape. "As you wish, my friend," he said. "The choice rests entirely with you. But may I not venture to suggest that you will find my idea of sport more diverting than Ivan's?"

Rainsford has to make a choice to be whipped by Ivan or hunted by Zaroff.  Since Ivan will most likely kill him, he doesn’t stand much of a chance.  Rainsford decides his best bet is to play the game and try to win it.

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