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Posted September 16, 2013 at 10:53 PM via web

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What does Rainsford's having chosen to confront Zaroff in the end, rather than simply ambush him, reveal about his personality?

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 17, 2013 at 8:56 AM (Answer #2)

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Ironically, Sanger Rainsford is much more akin to General Zaroff than he has previously thought as they dined together in the general's palatial chateau. Now, he, too, delights in "the most dangerous game" of hunting man. For, Rainsford has learned what his friend Whitney meant when he spoke of the desperate sense of fear of pain and death that the prey feel because he himself has been "a beast at bay" and felt terror. But, he returns to destroy his enemy.

Having escaped into the sea, Rainsford returns to the chateau and scales the rocks until he makes his way into Zaroff's bedroom where he confronts his adversary. Rather than wait until midnight of the next day when he would be placed upon the mainland near a town if not caught, according to Zaroff's agreement, Rainsford reverses the roles of hunter and huntee and kills his prey.

He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided.

Indeed, Sanger Rainsford of New York has assumed the role of General Zaroff; he has resumed his role as the predator, and the game he has hunted is truly "the most dangerous."

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amysor | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted September 17, 2013 at 12:51 AM (Answer #1)

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Rainsford chooses to confront Zaroff in the end than to ambush him because he wanted to prove that he was the better hunter and reap in the rewards. This reveals the Rainsford is clever yet very proud of his accomplishments.

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