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What is Rainsford's position on hunting (from Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game)?

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What is Rainsford's position on hunting (from Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game)?

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Posted November 9, 2013 at 11:22 PM (Answer #1)

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Sanger Rainsford, the protagonist of Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game," has two very different positions on hunting depending upon if one were to examine his position prior to him being trapped upon Zaroff's island or after. Prior to ending upon Zaroff's island, while on the ship having a conversation with Whitney, Rainsford possesses no sympathy for the prey. In fact, he fails to care how the prey (in this case, a jaguar) feels. Although he does state that only two classes exist in the world, "the hunter and the huntees," he believes himself to be a hunter (and lucky to be one).

After arriving upon Zaroff's island, Rainsford's point of view changes. Now, no longer the hunter, Rainsford understands what it feels like to be hunted (or the prey).  Rainsford comes to feel for the "huntee," now that he is one. Although he is able defeat Zaroff, and become the hunter again, one can assume that Rainsford will never discredit the feelings of the prey ever again. 

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