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What are the similarities between General Zaroff and Sanger Rainsford in "The Most Dangerous Game"?

The main similarity between General Zaroff and Sanger Rainsford in The Most Dangerous Game is that they are both passionate about hunting. The difference, however, is that Zaroff likes to hunt human, as well as animal prey. In due course, Rainsford becomes an expert hunter of humans himself as he takes on and finally defeats Zaroff in a life-and-death struggle.



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General Zaroff and Sanger Rainsford are both expert hunters. They're not just good at hunting; they actually enjoy it. For these men, there are few things more wonderful in life than bringing down some majestic beast with a fusillade of buckshot.

For hunters such as Zaroff and Rainsford, this is a very simple, black and white world; a world in which there are hunters and the hunted, and where hunters appropriate an almost god-like power to determine whether certain creatures live or die. And both Zaroff and Rainsford very much enjoy the privilege of being in the category of hunter.

As expert hunters, they share a heightened awareness of the natural world, with all its dangers and pitfalls. Their numerous experiences of the hunt have given them a certain resourcefulness in dealing with such dangers, which in turn has developed their survival skills to a considerable extent.

Initially, it is only Zaroff who enjoys the hunting of human quarry; the very idea repels Rainsford at first. However,...

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In "The Most Dangerous Game"  both the protagonist and antagonist were extrememly intelligent, have a passion towards hunting, similar opinions and beliefs, persistant, and manipulative.

General Zaroff and Rainsford are intelligent and manipulative as throughout the game, they were both able to keep up with each other with tactics. Furthermore, General Zaroff is intelligent enough to manipulate hunting to such a level. If Rainsford wasn't intelligent, he would have never survived and won the game, which involved adapting to the environment to become a prey rather than the hunter. 

Not to mention, both characters have similar beliefs in how the world is made up of the hunter and the hunted, in which the stronger wins; survival of the fittest. It wasn't until both the protagonist and antagonist are under the condition of being hunted that the true nature hunting is revealed.

Lastly, they both were persistant in fighting to the end. In this case, General Zaroff would not end this game unless one of them won and Rainsford would not give up and surrender to General Zaroff.