Homework Help

What is the double meaning of the title "The Most Dangerous Game"?

user profile pic

aggiemay | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 23, 2012 at 7:42 PM via web

dislike 1 like

What is the double meaning of the title "The Most Dangerous Game"?

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

William Delaney | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 26, 2012 at 2:51 AM (Answer #1)

dislike 1 like

Zaroff tells Rainsford that the most dangerous kind of game is man. In this sense of the word "game" is a general term for any kind of animal that is hunted. Zaroff also considers hunting humans a game in the sense of something to be done for amusement and also a contest. Rainsford comes to accept the life-or-death contest with Zaroff as a game that two can play. The game is dangerous for both men because they are both trying to kill each other. Rainsford is game to Zaroff because he is a dangerous animal to be hunted and killed.

Sources:

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes