In "The Most Dangerous Game" the hunt represents the struggle between good and evil.Does anyone else see this connection and many other possible religious allusions?
Don't push interpretation too far, but several things could be considered as connotative symbols related to religion, particularly Christianity:
Ship Trap Island: A self-contained testing ground from which no one can escape. Symbol of life's experiences and the inherent connection between mortality and suffering.
The Gargoyl door-knocker: Represents choice and its consequences. Once Rainsford enters, he must deal with Zaroff and his very strange concept of "hospitality."
The "prison": Doom and condemnation for all those who fall within Zaroff's grasp.
Zaroff himself: The incarnation of evil - Lucifer; the double-sided nature of man and the difference between appearance (civilization, refiinement) and reality (brutality).
Rainsford's traps: Sacrifice in which it's one life for another; Zaroff's hunting dog and then Ivan are killed whereas Zaroff is the real target.
Zaroff's bed: The absence of conscience or feelings of guilt. It is interesting to note that this is one "trap" Rainsford does indeed "fall into."
Zaroff's death (implied): 1)Redemption- Rainsford literally buys back his life (meaning of the word "redemption") when he kills Zaroff; 2) Justice and retribution - Zaroff finally has to pay with his own life for all the evil he has done.