Hypothetical Question about Rainsford in "The Most Dangerous Game"If, in "The Most Dangerous Game," Rainsford had hunted other men with the General, do you think he would allow him to...

Hypothetical Question about Rainsford in "The Most Dangerous Game"

If, in "The Most Dangerous Game," Rainsford had hunted other men with the General, do you think he would allow him to live without being hunted?

Give evidence from the story to support your answer.

 

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ms-mcgregor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There is no evidence from the story that Rainsford would have wanted to be a part of a hunt for other men. He is cast into the role as the hunted simply by chance. His first experience with the General is being hunted which would have given him sympathy for anyone else caught in this situation. In addition, Rainsford is still afraid for his life and has no reason to trust the General's compliment that he has escaped the hunt. For Rainsford, the game is still on. In his mind he has stalked the General, found him in a vulnerable situation, and his only choice is to kill him in order to end the horrible "game" the General began.

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

More importantly, there is no evidence that General Zaroff would even consider this option.  He believes he is the consummate hunter, so there's two reasons why he'd rather hunt for Rainsford than with him.  1) He needs the challenge.  He's already said he's bored and ready for a new challenge, and who better to provide it than Rainsford.  2)  He believes himself to be the consummate hunter; I just can't see him consulting with or cooperating with anyone else--let alone another prefessional hunter. 

hilahmarca eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with #3.  Zaroff was not interested in partnering with Rainsford.  What would the challenge have been in that?  And if he for some reason did pose this option to Rainsford, he certainly would have said no as the whole concept disgusted Rainsford.  I think the better question is if General Zarrof would have won the game, what would be next for him?  It seems would have conquered hunting's greatest challenge.  What could possibly be next?

e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with the post above. Zaroff may have allowed Rainsford to live if Rainsford had agreed to hunt alongside Zaroff. 

Zaroff clearly wants some companionship. He gives Rainsford many opportunities to join him, to agree with him, and to go on a hunt with him. Though any answer to this question is mere conjecture, there is reason to assume that Zaroff may allow Rainsford to live if Rainsford comes around to the general's views.

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

No Zaroff would not have let Rainsford live--regardless of whether he hunted with Zaroff or not. Zaroff had lost passion for hunting as he was able to outwit any of the animals he hunted. He didn't want a hunting companion. He wanted the thrill of knowing he was outsmarting the smartest of all animals.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I think it's possible, yes. Rainsford might have made the game more interesting by being a partner. I do think Zarroff was probably lonely. If Rainsford had instead indicated he agreed and it was brilliant, Zarroff might have felt vindicated and wanted a pal.
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