In  The Most Dangerous Game, what internal conflict plagues Zaroff and why do you believe this to be true?"The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Richard Connell writes in his "The Most Dangerous Game" that for General Zaroff

...hunting had ceased to be what you call 'a sporting proposition.'  It had become too easy.  I always got my quarry.  Always.  There is no greater bore than perfection.

This quest for some other hunt to relieve his boredom seems the only internal conflict for Zaroff.  For, Rainsford's first impression was...that there was an "original, almost bizarre quality about the general's face." So, it seems that Zaroff possesses a sang froid [cold-bloodness] and a single-mindedness that made the external conflicts of the hunt more his concern.  As he tells Rainsford,

[God] He made a hunter....My whole life has been one prolonged hunt....I live for danger, Mr. Rainsford.

During his hunt for Rainsford, Zaroff seems composed and confident, playing a game of cat-and-mouse with Rainsford as he expresses regret that Rainsford cannot join him in the next hunt.  When he does trail Rainsford, the general appears only at lunchtime.  He is "solicitous about the state of Rainsford's health,' and he mentions that he does not feel so well:

I am worried, Mr. Rainsford.  Last night I detected traces of my old complaint....Ennui. Boredom.

This, again, is the same internal conflict.

francozyx | Student

There is also the deeper conflict of why Zaroff must continue to hunt more and more difficult things.  There must be some flaw, some problem, that exists in both Rainsford and Zaroff in that they must continue to prove themselves worthy of respect, and strive to gain that respect.  I would say that there is a struggle over self-worth, and that this is why the both of them have to pit them against each other.


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