How is Zaroff arrogant in The Most Dangerous Game?

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General Zaroff is arrogant in several ways. 

First, he is arrogant in that he thinks he is the greatest hunter.  He thinks that no animal stands a chance against him.  This is why is says he is bored with hunting animals.  This is also why he created a new game, where he hunts humans. 

Second, Zaroff has no qualms about killing people in a game.  This shows that he does not care about or value human life.  In essence he plays the role of God.  This shows an immense arrogance.  He believes that he holds the power of life and death. 

Finally, he is arrogant in hunting Rainsford.  In fact, he lets Rainsford go once, because he wants to hunt him again. Moreover, he does not expect Rainsford to go on the offensive. His pride and arrogance ultimately lead to his failure to calculate this fact. 

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