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In The Most Dangerous Game, how did Rainsford win the game?

Rainsford won the most dangerous game by relying on his survival and hunting skills to avoid and outwit General Zaroff for three consecutive days on Ship-Trap Island. Rainsford also builds several effective booby traps that slow down the general and is able to leap into the sea before Zaroff can shoot him. At the end of the story, Rainsford kills Zaroff in a duel and sleeps comfortably in his bed.

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Rainsford wins the game through his skill as a hunter. Of course, Rainsford's game with Zaroff is unlike any of his other hunts in that he is the one being pursued. Instead of trying to fight Zaroff head-on, Rainsford must evade him entirely. Rainsford is admirable in how adaptable he is to this situation. He must assume a whole new set of tactics in order to "win," such as hiding, creating booby traps, and fashioning false trails to get Zaroff off his scent.

Zaroff's inability to inhabit the perspective of both the hunter and the hunted is what puts him at a disadvantage in the game. He is an arrogant man who believes he is superior to not only all animals, but to "lower" humans as well (which he defines as low-class people and non-whites). He cannot conceive that his prey could outwit him, even if humans are more rational than animals.

In their last confrontation in Zaroff's bedroom, the two have a more conventional battle that ends with Rainsford killing his pursuer. Here, the two are...

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He jumped off a cliff. Then he had a duel with The General and won his overall freedom.