The “hunt” (much of the plot) is entertaining and maybe even spellbinding.  Does it fulfill any other function?Please explain!

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In the story "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Edward Connell, the hunt is entertaining to the reader which draws him into the story and into the violence of the hunt itself.  The other function of the hunt is to show Rainsford and the reader what it feels like to be the hunted instead of the hunter.  Rainsford uses every trick he knows to escape from General Zaroff, but each trick is found out and enjoyed as another challenge for the hunter.  Zaroff finds distinct pleasure in the intricacies of Rainsford's traps as the reason hunting humans is so enjoyable--the challenge of mind versus mind.  When the end of the story arrives, and Rainsford enjoys sleeping in the General's bed, does Rainsford then continue the hunting of humans and does the reader enjoy that hunt?  Has Rainsford now sunk to the level of General Zaroff and has he dragged the reader with him?  Those are the other functions the hunt fulfills in this story.

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