I need a good introduction for my Compare/Contrast essay about Sanger Rainsford and General Zaroff. HELP!! 

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The short story "The Most Dangerous Game" offers very contrasting ideas on hunting. While this is certainly the most prominent, and direct, idea presented in the text, when a reader looks more closely they are able to examine the change in thought brought on by extenuating circumstances.

Therefore, to begin a compare and contrast paper on Rainsford (the protagonist) and Zaroff (the antagonist) one could examine their very different thoughts on murder, hunting, and the importance of reason.

Zaroff tells Rainsford that his "creation" of the most dangerous game was needed because he had become bored with normal prey. He needed to find a prey which could reason. The only animal which can reason is man.

A good introduction, depending on what the main characteristics are that are being focused upon could look like the following:

In Richard Connell's short story "The Most Dangerous Game" the idea of the hunt is thought of very differently by the protagonist, Rainsford, and the antagonist, Zaroff.