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jm930205 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 24, 2007 at 8:19 AM via web

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What are the conflicts of the story "The Most Dangerous Game"?

human vs. nature

human vs. human

human vs. self

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brendawm | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted September 24, 2007 at 12:09 PM (Answer #2)

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All stories have conflicts or problems. "The Most Dangerous Game" also has many including all of the conflicts you mentioned in your question.

Human vs. Nature--Rainsford is first placed against the sea when the ship wrecks; then he faces the jungle along with all the elements within it.

Human vs. Human--Easy--Rainsford vs. Zaroff and his sidekick.

Human vs. self--I feel pretty sure that Rainsford had to face some pretty strong emotions, namely fear, in his fight against Zaroff.

I'm also sure that the dogs come in at some point, maybe nature?, but I'm not quite sure where I would place them.

Hope this helps. Brenda


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leagye | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted September 25, 2007 at 9:38 AM (Answer #3)

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Human vs. Nature: Rainsford must survive in the jungle, at night. This in itself presents special challenges and conflicts. Before that, he had to survive the ocean, after he fell off the yacht and swam to shore (don't forget the jagged rocks.)

Human vs. Human: Rainsford vs. Zaroff (the hunt!)

Human vs. Self: Internal conflicts range from Rainsford struggling to make the best decisions he can in order to survive, to Rainsford grappling with the feeling of being hunted - and being on the other side of the scope for the first time in his life (remember the conversation with Whitey onboard the yacht, where Rainsford dismissed Whitey's comment about animal feeling fear...now he knows another perspective.)

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mickey2bailey | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted September 27, 2007 at 10:44 AM (Answer #4)

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In "The Most Dangerous Game " there are many conflicts.

1.  Human vs. Nature - Rainsford first encounters his struggle with the sea after falling overboard.  He also has to survive on an island that he knows nothing about like an animal using only his instincts.

2.  Human vs. Human - Rainsford has to survive in the hunt against Zaroff and his cohort in crime, Ivan.  He has to use his wit and knowledge to outsmart Zaroff who has been plasying the "Game" alot longer than he has.

3.  Human vs. Self - Rainsford has to struggle with himself to not join in the hunt and risk being killed by Ivan or to join in the hunt going against all his values and morals as a human being. 

The conflicts encountered during the story are definitely a struggle for "Survival of the Fittest."



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g0bananas | Student, Grade 9 | Honors

Posted October 9, 2009 at 9:33 AM (Answer #5)

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Character vs. Self- When Rainsford is internally debating the decisions as he is hoping to survive, like what to do when he is up the tree and General Zaroff is under him.

Character vs. Character- When Rainsford is fighting against General Zaroff in order to live, and the debate between them about humanity.

Character vs. Society- General Zaroff treats life as a game, "God made me a hunter," He got bored of hunting animals so he moved to humans. The title kind of suggests this.

Character vs. Nature-When Rainsfor is running in the jungle to beat General Zaroff in order to live. Also when he decides to swim, he is vs. the water, and the unknown in the water and jungle.

Character vs. Animal- When Rainsford is setting the trap and running from the dogs.

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pudding4563 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted September 27, 2012 at 10:43 PM (Answer #6)

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Bendawm was correct, except the ship didn't wreck. Rainsford fell overboard and nobody heard his desperate cries for help.

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maria-vivanco | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted January 17, 2014 at 8:37 PM (Answer #7)

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Human vs. Human:

Obviously its Rainsford vs. Zaroff. Zaroff is out to hunt Rainsford and wants to kill him. They are against each other, hunting each other. 

Human vs. self

Well the thing that gets Rainsford in trouble is his pride. 

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parama9000 | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted January 18, 2014 at 12:30 PM (Answer #8)

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Zaroff was forced to face off with Rainford ultimately when the three obstacles failed to get him. Human VS Human

The reason why Rainsford gets into this mess. Human VS Self

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