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 he 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 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 ironically not playing hunter and hunted, but come off more as two beasts fighting for dominance (Rainsford even calls himself "a beast at bay"). Ultimately, a combination of his hunting expertise, his ability to assume the mindset of prey and predator, and his physical strength allow Rainsford to gain the upper hand in the game.

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Rainsford is able to win the “game” by showing himself to be a stronger representative of the human race than his antagonist, General Zaroff. Zaroff had always believed in a warped kind of Darwinism, in which the strong have the absolute right to dominate and control the weak, and the weak, the so-called inferior species, go to the wall. Not surprisingly, Zaroff believed himself to be one of the strong.

However, it transpires that Zaroff couldn't have been more wrong. For it turns out that Rainsford was much stronger than him, as can be seen by the way that he outwits his pursuer during their “game”. Rainsford's superior survival skills, not to mention his outstanding skills as a hunter, enable him to gain the upper hand on the man hunting him down like an animal.

Rainsford may be a hunter himself, but by putting himself in the position of a hunted animal, he's able to turn the tables on Zaroff. This puts him at a distinct advantage to his pursuer, as Zaroff, with his obsession with the idea of the strong dominating the weak, is incapable of thinking like a hunted animal. Rainsford eventually drives home his advantage, with fatal consequences for the defeated Zaroff.

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In "The Most Dangerous Game," Rainsford swims to the nearby Ship-Trap Island after falling overboard and arrives at General Zaroff's palatial chateau, where he eats dinner with the seemingly civilized, hospitable general. During their first meal together, Zaroff admits that he hunts humans throughout his island for sport, and Rainsford is disgusted by the general's confession. When Rainsford refuses to hunt alongside the general, Zaroff turns him into a contestant in the most dangerous game. Rainsford is given a small number of supplies and forced to avoid the armed general for three consecutive days throughout the island.

During the most dangerous game, Rainsford utilizes his survival skills and relies on his experience as a renowned hunter to evade and outwit General Zaroff. Rainsford creates false paths, fashions deadly booby traps, and carefully traverses the dangerous island to avoid Zaroff. Rainsford makes a Malay Mancatcher, digs a Burmese Tiger Pit, and builds a Ugandan Spring Trap to significantly slow down the general, buying himself enough time to create more distance between himself and Zaroff. Towards the end of the story, Rainsford realizes that the general is closing in on him and makes the risky decision to jump into the Caribbean Sea. Fortunately, Rainsford manages to swim ashore and sneaks into Zaroff's room, where he surprises the unsuspecting general and defeats him in a duel. In conclusion, Rainsford ends up winning the most dangerous game by evading General Zaroff for three consecutive days on Ship-Trap Island before killing him inside his bedroom.

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After Sanger Rainsford swims to Ship-Trap Island and is introduced to the maniacal General Zaroff, he discovers that the general hunts humans—what Zaroff refers to as the most dangerous game—on the island. As part of the general's scheme, Rainsford is given hunting clothes, a knife, and a small ration of food that will last for three days. Rainsford must survive on the island for three days while the general hunts him using a small caliber pistol and help from his servant and hunting dogs. Rainsford ends up winning this game by successfully avoiding General Zaroff and surviving for three consecutive days on Ship-Trap Island. After Rainsford wins the game, he sneaks into the general's room in his massive chateau, where he ends up killing the general in a one-on-one fight to the death.

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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.

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