According To Zaroff What Is The Most Dangerous Game
According to General Zaroff, what is the most dangerous game?
In Richard Connell's short story "The Most Dangerous Game," Sanger Rainsford and his friend Whitney are en route to hunt jaguars in Rio de Janeiro when Rainsford accidentally falls overboard and is forced to swim to the nearby island of Ship-Trap.
Once there, Rainsford meets another big-game hunter by the name of General Zaroff. Zaroff is bored of hunting, because he finds that it is no longer a challenge to him, and he has, thus, moved on to hunting what he considers the "most dangerous game"—human beings. Rainsford has taken up residence in a chateau on the island in order to capture sailors who have shipwrecked; he then supplies them with some basic food and supplies, gives them a three-hour head start, and sets off thereafter to hunt and kill them. This is intriguing to Zaroff because it involves hunting creatures motivated by reason—something he cannot do when pursuing animals.
Zaroff, as a master hunter, had clearly become bored with the lack of challenge the natural world presented him with. Ever eager to seek new opponents, he began to consider what would present him with a real challenge. As man has the capacity to reason, he decided that "the most dangerous game" to hunt was man. Thus he created his Ship-Trap Island and meets Rainsford.
General Zaroff's rationale is that the human mind relies on reason and logic as opposed to the animal mind which simply relies simply on instinct. Therefore, this ability to think through a situation is what makes man the most dangerous game.
According to General Zaroff, the most dangerous game is man.
Zaroff states in the story that hunting had "ceased to be what you call "a sporting proposition" and he needed a quarry that could "match his wits". As this is said Rainsford begins to understand that the animal that Zaroff has invented is the human. He figures this out because the human is the only animal that could have courage, be cunning, and above all, must be able to reason. Therefore the most dangerous game to Zaroff is man because man can attempt to fight back or elude his hunter.
Zaroff thinks man is the most dangerous game.