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The Most Dangerous Game

Zaroff wants to dominate, wants to control. He comes from a wealthy, privileged background, so he's used to getting what he wants in life and feeling superior to those around him. He lacks a true...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2017 8:05 am UTC

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Rainsford says that he is a hunter and not a murderer because he is refusing to participate in the game as a hunter, and does not yet realize that he is playing as the prey. Sanger Rainsford is a...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2015 6:53 pm UTC

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The narrative of "The Most Dangerous Game" does not include details on how Rainsford has managed to gain access to the general's room. However, when he is fleeing the dogs after having set a trap...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2015 4:33 am UTC

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There are multiple traps set by Rainsford and Zaroff in Connell's short story "The Most Dangerous Game." 1. Rainsford gives Zaroff a false trail to follow so as to lead him away from him. He hopes...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2011 1:40 am UTC

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Rainsford’s experience might make him more ruthless, because he killed general Zaroff when he used to dislike murder. Rainsford was an experienced hunter before his experience on the island. He...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2014 12:12 am UTC

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Initially, Rainsford thinks hunting humans is not a sport; it is murder. He says, "Thank you, I'm a hunter, not a murderer." In the end, he does kill Zaroff, but this is the end of a long journey...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2015 6:16 pm UTC

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In literature, a flashback is defined as a break in the narrative, where the author inserts past information to provide context to the current events in the story, which allows the reader to better...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 3:25 pm UTC

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After General Zaroff's announcement that his new favorite prey was of the human kind, Rainsford demanded to be released from the island. Instead, Zaroff decided that Rainsford would be his next...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2012 11:06 pm UTC

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Rainsford is having trouble sleeping. He cannot rest due to his anxiety from learning that Zaroff hunts human beings. During dinner, Zaroff had disclosed this information about hunting humans. This...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2012 11:24 pm UTC

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As was mentioned in the previous post, Rainsford is traveling on a yacht through the Caribbean Sea when he hears several gunshots coming from the direction of a nearby island. Rainsford is startled...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2017 1:47 am UTC

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Rainsford really has no choice in the matter; it is a case of either kill or be killed. Similarly, Zaroff can have no complaints. Ship-Trap Island is his private domain, operating on the law that...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2017 7:50 am UTC

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Zaroff, according to himself, is a great hunter. He admits to Rainsford that normal hunting of lions, tigers, and bears (oh my) has gotten boring. Hunting was beginning to bore me! So in order...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2015 3:17 pm UTC

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Zaroff inherited his money from his father, then invested it. Zaroff is a Russian Cossack, and the son of a nobleman. His father was “a very rich man with a quarter of a million acres in the...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2013 7:41 pm UTC

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Concerning Rainsford's killing of General Zaroff. Rainsford had already escaped from the island and, although there was really nowhere else for him to go but to return again, he chose to confront...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2010 10:00 am UTC

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General Zaroff had three unfair advantages. First, Zaroff wanted to hunt humans and he had been doing so, even if we do not know for long long he has been doing this. On the other hand, Rainsford...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2015 2:51 pm UTC

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Before General Zaroff begins hunting Rainsford throughout Ship-Trap Island, he has Ivan provide Sanger with khaki hunting clothes, a haversack of food, and a long-bladed hunting knife. These are...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2019 5:44 pm UTC

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It is well worth looking at how the story itself describes the dangerous setting of this excellent short story of suspense. Consider what General Zaroff says to Rainsford: "This island is called...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2010 5:10 am UTC

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For General Zaroff, the hunt is truly the defining aspect of his life. From his earliest days as a boy, Zaroff was an avid hunter. "God makes some men poets. Some He makes kings, some beggars. Me...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2010 11:01 pm UTC

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Although "The Most Dangerous Game" is usually considered an action/adventure mystery, it also includes elements of both the Gothic and horror genres. Connell sets the tone of horror in the opening...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2012 5:52 pm UTC

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Zaroff is the ultimate thrill-seeker. He became so good at hunting animals that they are no longer an adequate challenge for him. He moved onto human beings as sport, but even they lost their...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2019 2:56 am UTC

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Rainsford is an accomplished hunter and is internationally recognized for his hunting expertise. When Rainsford first meets the general, Zaroff mentions that he has read Rainsford's book and is...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2017 7:30 pm UTC

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Appalled when he learns that the Russian general Zaroff hunts "the most dangerous game" of all, men, Rainsford asks to be allowed to leave the island only to learn that the only way he will be...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2014 11:11 am UTC

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The title of the short story "The Most Dangerous Game" carried two meanings. First, it is referring to "game" as in hunting game, or the animals being hunted. We see this meaning connected to the...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2013 7:00 pm UTC

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As the story opens, Sanger Rainsford is a passenger on a yacht cruising along in the Caribbean. He and his companion, Whitney, are on their way to South America to hunt jaguars along the Amazon....

Latest answer posted November 13, 2018 10:46 am UTC

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In thinking of the island itself, one must be careful not to forget what surrounds it: miles and miles of salt water. The water comes in handy for Rainsford when he submerges himself in it to hide...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2008 9:28 pm UTC

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With such a well-constructed plot, Richard Connell has well prepared his reader to expect some grim conflicts. In the exposition, for example, Whitney considers whether animals that are hunted...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2011 4:12 am UTC

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Ultimately, this answer can go either way. It is up to you. I think a case could be made for saying that Rainsford chooses to stay on the island and continue hunting people like Zaroff was...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2016 1:38 pm UTC

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The fact that Sanger Rainsford is a real hunter is indicated in the exposition of "The Most Dangerous Game" as he talks with his friend Whitney; later, Rainsford's status as an experienced hunter...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2017 1:06 am UTC

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At the beginning of the short story, Rainsford is sitting on the top deck of the yacht alongside Whitney as the two hunters sail to the Amazon, where they plan to hunt jaguars. After Whitney goes...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2018 9:30 pm UTC

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General Zaroff, the antagonist in Richard Connel's short story "The Most Dangerous Game" is a criminal sociopath. A sociopath has a personality disorder which may cause extremely anti-social...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2016 4:02 pm UTC

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Zaroff wants to be known as a sophisticated, well-educated, cultured gentleman. Therefore, he dresses and acts the part. When Rainsford first meets Zaroff, it is evening and Zaroff is dressed in...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2011 4:16 am UTC

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Whether they are equal or not depends on your definition of equal. Zarroff definitely had the upper hand, because be basically had Rainsford prisoner. He is also the one who was hunting, even...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2011 12:51 pm UTC

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The author wants us to realize the violence that we exhibit at a low level in our everyday lives. When hunters persue animals as if in a game, it is not a game at all. (Perhaps it would be more...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2009 5:05 pm UTC

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In a most skillfully contrived plot, Richard Connell presents antagonists and protagonists who, ironically, switch roles under a title that is both double entendre and ironic. In oneinstnace of...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2011 2:00 pm UTC

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In Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game," whether Rainsford is responsible for Zaroff's death or not can be argued two ways. First, one could argue that Rainsford is responsible for Zaroff's...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2016 6:51 pm UTC

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So does Zaroff really cheat? I agree with the previous editor in that he has created a "game" in which he is in control. What, then, constitutes "cheating"? Does Zaroff "act dishonestly"? I don't...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2010 11:48 pm UTC

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A psychopath is a person with a mental disorder highlighted by abnormal or violent social behavior. That General Zaroff hunts down and kills men for no good reason other than his own pleasure is...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2016 8:06 pm UTC

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The background information includes Sanger Rainsford's journey to the Amazon to hunt jaguars, as well as the ominous reputation of Ship-Trap Island. When Rainsford swims to the island after falling...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2018 9:19 pm UTC

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After Sanger Rainsford accidentally falls off the yacht, he yells for help as the boat sails away and begins swimming in the direction of Ship-Trap Island, which is where he had heard gunshots....

Latest answer posted January 16, 2019 5:19 pm UTC

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This is a good question. In “The Most Dangerous Game,” there are several types of struggles. The most obvious struggle is the one between Rainsford and general Zaroff. Rainsford is a big game...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2019 3:47 am UTC

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Zaroff does indeed congratulate Rainsford. In fact, he congratulates him twice in the story. He first congratulates him when Rainsford makes a clever trap during the hunt. He makes a Malay...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2016 4:30 pm UTC

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Zaroff appears to be smart at Connell's first introduction of him. He arrives on scene in evening clothes with hand ready to shake. These two descriptors are evidence of a man who has confidence...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2010 10:38 am UTC

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Zaroff does not give his human prey a fair chance. He has all of the advantages in the hunt. Zaroff tells Rainsford that he was such a good hunter that he got bored. Hunting even the biggest...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2015 7:50 pm UTC

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The previous answer does a good job in pointing out that the main conflict is between two men, but I would add that the main conflict is between two hunters. In the beginning of the story,...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2016 5:08 am UTC

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Rainsford's experience as a hunter helps him avoid General Zaroff and survive. Rainsford uses his hunting experience to outwit and harm the general by misleading him throughout the island and...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2018 2:12 pm UTC

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While Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game" is a suspenseful tale throughout the entire narrative, perhaps, the three most suspenseful events are the following: After Rainsford is discovered on the...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2014 8:46 pm UTC

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In "The Most Dangerous Game," the one thing that Whitney believes that animals understand is fear. His exchange with Rainsford occurs early in the story, as their boat is passing the mysterious...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2009 11:44 pm UTC

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After General Zaroff and Rainsford finish their meal, Zaroff comments, "This island is called Ship Trap . . . Sometimes an angry god of the high seas sends them to me. Sometimes, when Providence...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2018 12:24 pm UTC

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When Rainsford arrives at the home of Zaroff, the narrator begins with a physical description. Zaroff's looks are striking. He has bright white hair and black eyes, eyebrows, and mustache. The...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2018 11:30 pm UTC

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Rainsford is sitting on the top deck of the yacht and listens as Whitney tells him about the evil island they are passing. Whitney then goes to bed, and Rainsford stays on the deck to smoke another...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2017 11:40 am UTC

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