What comments made by Zaroff in "The Most Dangerous Game" show him to be racist?

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Before the fall of the Russian czar, General Zaroff was a member of the privileged class, born into great wealth and power, so it is not surprising that he has strong beliefs concerning men of a more common background. Although Zaroff obviously admires the strength of his bodyguard, Ivan, the general considers him

"A simple fellow, but, I'm afraid, like all his race, a bit of a savage."

Zaroff derides Rainsford for having " 'Puritan ancestors,' " and he separates men into two categories: the weak and the strong. His most obvious racial hatred is for many of these weak men--

"I hunt the scum of the earth: sailors from tramp ships--lassars, blacks, Chinese, whites, mongrels--a thoroughbred horse or hound is worth more than a score of them."

He also considers most of the common sailors he captures as an " 'inferior lot,' " so it can be said that Zaroff does hold many racial and social prejudices.


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