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?

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parkerlee eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.


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