I need help explaining the conflicts of man vs. nature and man vs. society in "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The title itself, "The Most Dangerous Game," suggests the conflict of Zaroff vs. society. For, he perceives life as a "game." "He [God] made me a hunter." Since hunting animals has bored him because animals are no match for a hunter with "wits and a high-powered rifle," Zaroff creates the "sensational game," a game in conflict with both nature and society.

On Ship-Trap Island, Zaroff has the ideal environment for his "hunt." The island has jungles, hills, swamps, and , of course, the sea. His quarry, man, is now a prey against whom he can match wits. Away from civilized society, where he can misuse nature for his evil purposes [man vs. nature], Zaroff can play with impunity his "dangerous game" against his fellow man--a struggle of the stronger and smarter against the weaker [man vs. society].

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brhone | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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