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While revenge, arrogance and social prejudice are prominent themes of Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game," the main conflict revolves around man vs. man. This is a story of pitting two experienced hunters against each other in a contest to see who would out-wit the other. General Zaroff uses dogs, weapons, and his knowledge of the island (man vs. nature) against his adversary, Rainsford, in order to create the most epic hunt ever. And the actual hunt itself is not the only conflict in which the two men engage; they also argue before the hunt about whether or not General Zaroff is committing murder rather than a playful hunt. Obviously to the hunted, it's not anywhere near playful.
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