According to Zaroff, what is the most dangerous game?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

According to Zaroff, the most dangerous game is Humans.  Humans have intelligence and cunning that typical game animals lack.  Humans can fight back in a way that typical game animals cannot. This difference in capability intrigues Zaroff, and makes for a much more "entertaining" hunt than typical hunting does. 

Rainsford proves this over the following three days.  He sets a trap, using a flexible tree as a spring to stab an unsuspecting victim.  The trap kills Zaroff's aide, Ivan.  Rainsford kills one of Zaroff's hounds with a "Burmese Tiger Pit."  Ultimately Rainsford kills Zaroff, proving that a man is very dangerous game. 

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

We’ll help your grades soar

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-Hour Free Trial