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Explain how the external conflicts in “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell create an internal conflict within Sanger Rainsford.

In "The Most Dangerous Game," the main external conflict concerns General Zaroff hunting Rainsford throughout Ship-Trap Island, which creates several internal conflicts within Rainsford. For example, Rainsford's terrifying experience causes him to challenge his beliefs regarding life and hunting. Rainsford learns that animals feel terror and pain, and he experiences a moral dilemma about whether or not he should continue to hunt for a living.

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The external conflicts in "The Most Dangerous Game" include Rainsford enduring the dangerous, unfamiliar environment of the Caribbean Sea and Ship-Trap Island as well as his horrifying experience being hunted by General Zaroff. Rainsford's external conflicts create internal conflicts within his character as he struggles to overcome various obstacles while avoiding the evil general. Once Rainsford discovers that Zaroff hunts humans throughout his island for sport and plans on hunting him in the most dangerous game, Rainsford panics and sprints into the forest without a plan. After creating distance from the general, Rainsford struggles to compose himself and repeats, "I must keep my nerve. I must keep my nerve." Eventually, Rainsford settles down and begins thinking clearly. Rainsford is able to control his emotions and begins using his hunting expertise to avoid Zaroff.

The next morning, Rainsford recognizes that Zaroff is playing games with him and saving him for another day of hunting,...

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