What does the jungle symbolize in the Most Dangerous Game?  

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In the story The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell, the jungle is a symbol for the evil in the world around us.  Though Rainsford is the hunted game in the story with General Zaroff being the hunter, Zaroff considers hunting humans to be only an extension of hunting big game which Rainsford does all the time.  Throughout the hunt in the jungle with Rainsford as the prey, Rainsford sets up obstacles to kill General Zaroff and succeeds in killing one of his dogs and Ivan, the mute giant.  Though at the beginning of the story, Rainsford is horrified at the idea of killing humans for sport, at the end it is Rainsford killing Zaroff without keeping him alive for trial.  The evil ideas have put Rainsford in Zaroff's bed and maybe on the island as the next human hunter.  The jungle evil has changed Rainsford and not for the better.


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