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

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In Connell's short story The Most Dangerous Game, Rainsford was able to defeat General Zaroff.

Rainsford is challenged by Zaroff to a hunt. Zaroff has become bored by hunting "typical" prey (given their inability to reason). Given that only man can reason, Zaroff has decided to hunt man. Rainsford, forced to the island, has become Zaroff's new prey.

Zaroff challenges Rainsford to a deadly hunt, where only the survivor can be named the winner. Knowing that Rainsford is a skilled hunter, Zaroff believe this hunt will be his most worthy yet.

In the end, Rainsford is able to beat Zaroff by killing him. Rainsford is able to escape capture by making Zaroff think that he died. Rainsford returns to Zaroff's castle, surprises him, and kills him. Therefore, Rainsford wins the game by exterminating Zaroff.