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What is the irony of General Zaroff's character?

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dimitrimr | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 24, 2011 at 11:22 AM via web

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What is the irony of General Zaroff's character?

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted September 24, 2011 at 1:44 PM (Answer #1)

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In the short story, "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Edward Connell, the irony of Zaroff's character is that he becomes a victim of his own treachery.  He begins hunting humans because he becomes bored with hunting animals.  When Ranisford arrives on the island , Zarroff decides to hunt Rainsford. After many hunts Zaroff has become very arrogant in his believe that he is superior to all me.   In the end the tables are turned on Zaroff and he becomes the one who is victimized.  Zaroff is not hunted as he has hunted so many, but Rainsford does beat Zarrof at his own game.  When Zarrofarrives back at his house he finds Rainsford in his bedroom and Zaroff pays the price for his hubris. 

"Rainsford surprises Zaroff in his bedroom. Rainsford refuses to end the game there, however, and kills Zaroff. Rainsford then spends a comfortable night in Zaroff's bed, which raises the question of whether he will simply replace the evil Zaroff."

The author does not say that Rainsford kills Zaroff, but the reader can infer that this is the outcome because as the story ends, Rainsford has had the best sleep of his life.  He awakes in Zaroff's bed and is no longer the hunted.

 

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