Does Rainsford's perspective on hunting shift throughout the story "The Most Dangerous Game"? Give evidence to support your answer.

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Sanger Rainsford is considered a dynamic character who experiences a change of heart and perspective from the beginning to the end of the story. At the beginning of the story, Sanger Rainsford is insensitive toward the feelings of the animals he hunts. When Whitney tells Rainsford that he believes animals can feel the fear of pain and death, Rainsford responds by saying:

Nonsense...Be a realist. The world is made up of two classes—the hunters and the huntees. Luckily, you and I are hunters (1)

As the story progresses, Rainsford proceeds to fall off the yacht and swims towards Ship-Trap Island, where he meets the maniacal General Zaroff, who decides to hunt him throughout the island for three consecutive days. Once Rainsford becomes the general's prey, he gradually begins to sympathize with hunted animals. Shortly after Rainsford crafts a Malay mancatcher, Connell writes:

He [Zaroff] stood there, rubbing his injured shoulder, and Rainsford, with fear again gripping his heart, heard the...

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