What is the irony in the following statement from "The Most Dangerous Game"?Rainsford says, "The Cape buffalo is the most dangerous big game." The general then says, "Here...

What is the irony in the following statement from "The Most Dangerous Game"?

Rainsford says, "The Cape buffalo is the most dangerous big game." The general then says, "Here on my preserve on this island...I hunt more dangerous game." What is ironic about the general's statement?

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

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The irony is in the meaning of the word "game". This is a pun, a play on words. When Rainsford uses the word, he's referring to animals that are hunted by men, such as bear. Zaroff is using the word "game" to mean the hunting of men is a game to him, much like playing chess. This is why Zaroff decided to hunt men--they are more of a challenge. His hunting "game" becomes one of wits between Zaroff and the men he hunts.

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the other irony in this story is that how Rainsford was once the hunter, and then became the hunted when zaroff was hunting him.

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