How did the Cossacks make General Zaroff the way he is?i need to know what made him how he is his way o being his way of feeling acting his personality! help mee!:S

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Cossacks are a longstanding military arm of primarily Russian and Ukrainian descent (with Turkish and Polish connections as well). They were primarily cavalry and light infantry soldiers, known for their outstanding fighting abilities as well as for guerilla tactics, pillaging and general repressive ruthlessness. The Cossacks were the most feared of all soldiers by the armies of Napoleon, who called them the finest light troops in the world. Formerly among Czar Nicholas II's top defenders, their mass defections aided to his early abdication. Zaroff was a commander of such a unit in the early 20th century (though there is no mention of him defecting in "The Most Dangerous Game"), and his personality reflects the toughness and single-minded dedication of their clan.  

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It seems to me we all have choices, despite our backgrounds, education, and training.  It's true the Cossacks were a fearless, fear-inspiring bunch.  It's true they trained hard and were quite disciplined in that training.  It's also, true, though, that the Cossacks were taught to fight and kill for cause.  They were ruthless and incredibly effective at their jobs; however, they were not trained to hunt and kill for sport.  That came from Zaroff's own nature.  The Cossacks gave him the training, but he made the choice.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If you will go to this website, you can read the myriad definitions of a Cossack:  http://www.armymuseum.ru/kazl_e.html

On this site you will read that the Cossacks were many things, among which is brave and fearless, expert soldiers, etc.  That the name Cossack is interpreted so many ways suggests the opportunity for General Zaroff to use the word with Rainsford as his excuse for the nature that he possesses.  Zaroff creates this ambiguity for the same reason that he hunts--it is all a game.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with the previous post - just because Zaroff comes of Cossack extraction doesn't mean that this predetermines him to become the savage, barbaric individual we meet in this story. Certainly the fact that he is referred to as a Cossack places him in that category and gives us a certain expectation of his ruthlessness, violence and barbaric nature, but it does not necessarily mean that he became who he is because of that heritage.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Yes, he was a product of Cossack brutality but just because he is a Cossack does not predetermine him to evil. We are not all victims of our birth, upbringing or training. The other Cossacks didn't turn islands into their own private killing zones.
shali | Student

The Cossacks are a longstanding military arm of primarily Russian and Ukrainian descent (with Turkish and Polish connections as well). They were primarily cavalry and light infantry soldiers, known for their outstanding fighting abilities as well as for guerilla tactics, pillaging and general repressive ruthlessness. The Cossacks were the most feared of all soldiers by the armies of Napoleon, who called them the finest light troops in the world. Formerly among Czar Nicholas II's top defenders, their mass defections aided to his early abdication. Zaroff was a commander of such a unit in the early 20th century (though there is no mention of him defecting in "The Most Dangerous Game"), and his personality reflects the toughness and single-minded dedication of their clan.  

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