Escaping Rainsford in "The Most Dangerous Game"If Rainsford was to take on the game of hunting humans, how would another human be able to get away from him?

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William Delaney eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are a lot more men who hunt human beings than men who hunt animals. The men who hunt human beings include the police all over the world. They also include soldiers and special agents of the various governments. Examples of men who were hunted are Saddam Hussein, who was found hiding in a tiny hole in the floor; Osama Bin Laden, who was tracked down after a number of years and shot to death by special American agents; and Adolf Eichmann, who was captured in Argentina by special Israeli agents and put on public trial for war crimes during Hitler's regime in Germany. Many men (and some women) must enjoy hunting human prey. Both Zaroff and Rainsford ought to be legal manhunters working for government agencies. They would never run out of humans to hunt, and many of these humans would be more dangerous than the hapless sailors hunted by General Zaroff. Humans make more dangerous game because they are unpredictable. Animals acts in accordance with the instincts of their respective species. Humans can also get assistance from other humans, as did Osama Bin Laden. In the 1920s there was a lot of hunting for a new breed of robbers like Bonnie and Clyde, John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd, and others who have been the subjects of major motion pictures. 

Susan Woodward eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is assuming that Rainsford would take over after the demise of General Zaroff in "The Most Dangerous Game".  There is no support for this idea within that story, and Rainsford is appalled at the idea of hunting humans before he realizes that he is the next target.  However, if he were to "snap", so to speak, the only way to get away on an island that he now controls (after the death of Zaroff) would be to either outnumber and kill him (that would mean that a group would have to be shipwrecked), to outsmart him (which would be highly unlikely since he wrote books about hunting), or to find a means of transportation off the island (Zaroff must have had a boat stashed somewhere).  Option three sounds like the only plan that could work against a hunter like Rainsford if he were to go off the deep end and behave like General Zaroff.  Again, this seems to be highly unlikely, though.

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Well, I totally agree that there is no indication whatsoever that Rainsford would ever turn into a Zaroff.  It's just not who he is, despite his insensitivity to the animals he hunts.  I'd like to turn the question back around and remind you that Zaroff thought he was an "unbeatable" hunter, as well.  If any of us had predicted how Rainsford would eventually outwit and kill Zaroff we would probably have been wrong.  If another similarly equipped person confronted Rainsford, I have no doubt he could find a way to escape, just as Rainsford himself did.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Sorry to join the bandwagon, but I have to agree with my other editors here. I think there is every indication to show that Rainsford, both before and after his experience with Zaroff, would never ever want anything to do with hunting other men again in his life. It is clear that he violently disagrees with Zaroff during his justification of what he is doing, and it is also clear that he will have been changed by his experiences of being the "prey" rather than the "hunter" - it is safe to say he would never try to re-create Zaroff's Ship-Trap island.

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with the previous poster, and would like to add one thing more. I would predict that Rainsford would no longer be the same type of hunter as he was before this experience. Remember how he scoffed when Whitney made mention of the animals feelings? Rainsford has now learned the very real fear that an animal goes through when being hunted.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I find if highly unlikely that Rainsford would take on Zarroff's role. If he did, he would likely be a formidable foe as well. He has written books on hunting, and obviously has a lot of skill in the area. He might not be a ruthless as Zarroff, but he definitely would be talented.
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