After Rainsford disappeared from the yacht, what happen to him?  Answer from the point of view of Rainsford explaining his experiences to Whitney.How would Rainsford explain to Whitney what...

After Rainsford disappeared from the yacht, what happen to him?  Answer from the point of view of Rainsford explaining his experiences to Whitney.

How would Rainsford explain to Whitney what happened to him after falling off the yacht?

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clane eNotes educator| Certified Educator

At the opening of the story Whitney and Rainsford have an interesting philosophical conversation about hunting. Rainsford is a world class hunter and when asked by Whitney if he thought the hunted felt pain or fear, Rainsford scoffed, and told Whitney that the world was made up of the hunters and the huntees and that it was ridiculous to hypothesize what the huntees felt.

Rainsford might make his way back to Whitney and tell him that now he realizes that the hunted can feel both pain and fear for he has just been thrust into the shoes of the hunted by participating in Zaroff's game. He might admit that Whitney was in fact right in theory and he may change his perspectives while hunting because now he will know how the game he is after feels being hunted.

leagye eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If I understand your question correctly, you are asking what a hypothetical conversation would be like between Rainsford and Whitney after the hunting excursion which almost cost him his life (the events that transpired over the next few days after Rainsford fell off the boat.) Rainsford, having gained a new appreciation for the hunted beasts of the world, would surely explain in minute detail to Whitney what it is like being on the wrong end of a scope. He would possibly refute his own claim made on the yacht that animals do not understand or know what fear feels like, for Rainsford would now know firsthand the stress and pressure of running for one's life.

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The Most Dangerous Game

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