What are the internal end external conflicts of "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In my opinion, there is one major internal and one major external conflict.  Both of them involve Sanger Rainsford.

To me, the external conflict is between Rainsford and General Zaroff.  This conflict is most clear when Zaroff is hunting Rainsford.  Rainsford, in order to live, must outwit Zaroff.  This is obviously a conflict.  There was also a lesser conflict as Rainsford resisted Zaroff's efforts to get him to be a hunter.

The internal conflict is within Rainsford as he is being hunted.  He is having to fight with himself to keep himself from despairing and giving up.  His situation seems hopeless and so it is hard for him to keep fighting for his life.

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sciftw | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I feel that there are three main conflicts going on in this story. All three of them surround Rainsford. Two of them are internal conflicts, and one of them is an external conflict.

The external conflict is fairly straightforward. Rainsford is in conflict with Zaroff. Zaroff is hunting Rainsford.  ainsford must battle with his wits and skills in order to survive.

One of the two internal conflicts deals with Rainsford's will to live. He's in what appears to be a fairly hopeless situation. Zaroff has never lost before, which means that he's a good hunter. Second, Zaroff knows the island quite well, so he has a home field advantage. Third, Zaroff has better tools. He has hunting dogs and an assortment of weapons. Rainsford has next to nothing. Rainsford must internally battle with himself to avoid despair, crippling fear, and thoughts about giving up.

The second internal conflict that Rainsford struggles with is the morality of killing another human being. Rainsford is appalled at what Zaroff does. He disagrees on a moral level with hunting humans; however, that is exactly what he has to do to survive. He can either hunt another human, or he can wind up dead like the rest of Zaroff's victims.

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marandahodge | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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Rainsford vs nature- his traps fail to hit Zaroff.

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