The Most Dangerous Game, Richard Connel: How are Rainsford and General Zaroff alike? How are they different? Provide Evidence.

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troutmiller eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Both men are avid hunters.  Both enjoy a challenge.  And by the end of the story, both men are killers.  All along, Zaroff has been hunting down men and killing them.  In the very end, Rainsford ends up killing Zaroff.  He is hiding in Zaroff's room, and the last line reads "He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided."  So he survived and ended up killing Zaroff.  Both men are also very cunning.  Zaroff is able to lure men into his "shiptrap island" by making them feel safe with the false lighthouse light.  Rainsford is clever when setting traps for Zaroff.  He is even able to survive his jump into the sea.  He cleverly makes his way to Zaroff's bedroom to catch him by surprise.

Their differences are incorporated into their similarities.  They are both avid hunters, but Rainsford would never take hunting that far.  He is appalled that Zaroff would do such a thing.  He is shocked when he makes that realization. Zaroff is actually proud of himself for coming up with such an idea. 

engtchr5 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Zaroff and Rainsford are both big-game hunters. Rainsford is so well-renowned, in fact, that Zaroff recognizes him when he dines with him in the story's beginning.

However, the similarities end with their love of sport. Rainsford displays a certain degree of humanity, whereas Zaroff reveals himself as more of an animal than the creatures he hunts -- he is a merciless, ruthless killer who enjoys the taking of life. Rainsford gains a new empathy for his own prey as he struggles to survive on Ship-Trap Island.

The two men may enjoy the same pasttime, but their personalities are very different from one another.

ashuu-089 | Student

both are hunters and enjoys a challenge.

Zaroff is a rich guy that lives on a private island . Reinsford - Still Don't Know ? ? ? i'M Doing My Homework Now && Need Help !


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