General Zaroff is one of the most disturbing characters in modern literature. He is a Cossack who once commanded a cavalry devision, but after a debacle he left to commit himself to hunting full time. He is bored with hunting animals, so he decides to hunt people instead. He finds himself an island and builds a large house, hires a frighteningly large mute named Ivan to beat his victims into submission, and proceeds to enjoy the most dangerous game. Zarroff tells Rainsford, his last vitctim, "God makes some men poets. Some He makes kings, some beggars. Me He made a hunter.” Zarroff does not feel that people have more value than animals. He knows Rainsford will be good game, and when he forces him to play the game it’s his fatal mistake.