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The text does not tell us clearly how many days Rainsford was out in the island. However, if we follow the storyline and make an educated guess, he spent two nights on the island. The first night...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2016 8:35 pm UTC

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In short, the conflict between Rainsford and Zaroff is finally resolved when one wins the "game." Let me unpack this sentence. First, we need to realize that Zaroff has created a "game." Zaroff...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2015 5:57 pm UTC

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Unlike internal conflicts, where a character experiences mental, emotional, or spiritual struggles, external conflicts exist outside of a person's being and can be categorized into four main types...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2018 2:19 am UTC

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Connell uses figurative language in the very beginning to create the mood of suspicion. He does this most effectively with the repetition of the idea that it is extremely dark, a place wherein we...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2010 11:14 am UTC

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Rainsford realizes that General Zaroff is toying with him, and he enjoys the hunt and wants to prolong it. When Rainsford realizes General Zaroff hunts humans instead of animals, he is horrified....

Latest answer posted October 17, 2013 2:40 am UTC

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"The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell is a chilling story; however, there is nothing obviously grotesque or bloody in either the description or the action. All of the suspense and horror are...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2013 8:20 pm UTC

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Rainsford is described as a very experienced big-game hunter. He has traveled the world and hunted most of the big-game prey allowed by legal restrictions (the story was written in 1924, when...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2012 9:20 pm UTC

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Rainsford is an experienced hunter. In fact, he is a world-renowned hunter, who has hunted around the world. For this reason, he has learned tips from different parts of the world. For example,...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2016 4:43 pm UTC

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Whitney immediately sets the tone and mood of the story from the outset. Both the reader and Whitney's guest, Sanger Rainsford, are immediately intrigued when he utters the following: "Off there...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2016 6:48 pm UTC

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I agree with the above, and I also feel that the author is sending the message that not all people think alike. We often wonder about the nature of good and evil. Is a person who does not feel...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2011 5:22 pm UTC

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Rainsford (the protagonist from Connell's short story "The Most Dangerous Game") first realizes that he will be Zaroff's next prey soon after learning about the "game" Zaroff has created....

Latest answer posted October 20, 2011 11:04 am UTC

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Rainsford is a man secure in his veneer of civilization, though there are chips in this veneer as seen by his initial conversation with Whitney in which he is unable to sympathize with the plight...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2009 10:42 am UTC

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Whitney expresses a certain curiosity about the island. He tells Sanger Rainsford of the sailors' fears and superstitions about the place and remarks on how apt its name seems to be—"Ship-Trap...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2018 7:43 pm UTC

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There are several reasons why Zaroff has chosen Ship-Trap island for his hunting ground. The first, and most obvious, is that it is remote and isolated. Since his actions would be illegal in most...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2017 8:03 am UTC

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As Rainsford tries to elude General Zaroff, he uses his knowledge of woodcraft and hunting to lay false trails. He compares his ploy to that of a fox, hunted by dogs, which will sometimes cross...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2012 8:30 pm UTC

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Since Rainsford survives the three days on the island and ends up killing General Zaroff, he is clearly the more experienced and skilled hunter. Despite the general's impressive display of prized...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2018 1:14 am UTC

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The reason that Zaroff believes his new prey is so much more dangerous than other prey is because his new prey is not dependent on instinct. Zaroff's new prey is humans, and Zaroff states that...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2016 2:09 pm UTC

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"The Most Dangerous Game" is told from the omniscient third-person point of view, as bullgatortail states above. The story could not be told from the first-person point of view of either Rainsford...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2014 7:30 pm UTC

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When he discovers Rainsford in his room, the general draws in his breath, saying with a smile, "I congratulate you...You have won the game." However, Rainsford is not satisfied with just winning....

Latest answer posted January 22, 2016 5:33 am UTC

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The first trap set by Rainsford is called a Malay mancatcher. He uses a large dead tree as a weapon. He balances it on a young live tree in such a way that just by passing by it and touching it,...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2008 7:23 am UTC

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Zaroff, an antagonist who hides his savage evil and bloodlust behind a facade of decorum and sportsmanship, illustrates his true nature by giving every man who becomes stranded on his island a...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2019 10:24 pm UTC

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The resolution for any story comes after the climax. The climax answers how the major conflict is decided. For example, in Richard Connell's short story "The Most Dangerous Game," the primary...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2016 2:32 pm UTC

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General Zaroff is the main antagonist in Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game." He is a proficient hunter who has hunted all of the biggest types of game around the world. He arrogantly tells...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2013 10:01 pm UTC

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The answer to your question is "the book doesn't say." That is a very unsatisfying answer, isn't it? There are ways around it, though. The text implies certain things about Rainsford, and from...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2009 6:44 am UTC

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Borscht (spelled 'borsch' in the story) is a sour soup made from beetroots. It's an ethnic cuisine common to many Eastern European countries. Borscht is introduced in the story in the following...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2017 11:28 pm UTC

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When Rainsford and his friend are discussing the island at the beginning of the story, his friend says that it is four miles to the island but impossible to see in the dark. Rainsford falls off...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2011 2:46 pm UTC

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Sanger Rainsford and General Zaroff are both accomplished hunters, who enjoy big-game hunting and share similar views regarding their sport as well as their place in the world. At the beginning of...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2019 12:39 am UTC

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General Zaroff was in the army, but so was Rainsford. Zaroff is fully aware that Rainsford was in the army. Almost every man his age would have fought in World War I. When Zaroff is explaining...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2016 6:17 pm UTC

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General Zaroff is believable because his actions mirror his surroundings and because some of his actions subvert the expectations a reader would have for a cruel, old man who hunts people for...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2019 4:59 am UTC

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Zaroff tells Rainsford that he became bored with hunting because he was too good at tracking and killing animals and because modern weaponry had given human hunters too much of an advantage over...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2012 10:10 pm UTC

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The description of General Zaroff’s smile foreshadows his violent and savage nature. Foreshadowing is a hint by the author of what’s to come. Authors drop these little clues early on to build...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2013 9:47 pm UTC

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The conversation between Rainsford and Whitney provides exposition. The setting of the story is established; it will take place on "Ship-Trap Island," a Caribbean island shrouded in mystery with an...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2018 7:39 pm UTC

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"The Most Dangerous Game" is often cited in anthologies for the structure or plot, not to mention its great suspense. To identify a symbol is a bit of a stretch in this work, but there are items...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2011 11:07 am UTC

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Rainsford should not be charged with murder because he kills Zaroff in self-defense. Zaroff has been trying to kill him throughout most of the story. Rainsford has managed to escape up to the end,...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2015 4:55 pm UTC

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In Richard Connell's short story, The Most Dangerous Game, the antagonist, General Zaroff, mentions to Rainsford (the protagonist who he is going to force into a gave of cat-and-mouse) that both he...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2012 8:48 am UTC

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These two men both serve as apt antagonists, but their mentalities are quite different. While Montresor is bent on revenge and vindictiveness, Zaroff is merely a bloodthirsty hunter, whose one...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2009 1:37 am UTC

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Sanger Rainsford learns two things from his experiences: 1. In the exposition of "The Most Dangerous Game," Rainsford scoffs at his hunting companion, Whitney, who mentions that hunting in the...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2010 3:52 pm UTC

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General Zaroff is excited about Rainsford's being on his island because he has become jaded and finds no challenge in the "prey" he has been hunting. Now, he expects Rainsford to offer him...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2016 11:59 pm UTC

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"The Most Dangerous Game" is heavily ironic, a quality that is reflected in its basic story: a big game hunter, trapped on an island, is forced to serve as quarry in someone's else's hunt. This...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2019 8:10 pm UTC

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The exposition of Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game" includes the presentation of the protagonist, Sanger Rainsford, and antagonist, General Zaroff. Also introduced are the Caribbean...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2017 1:53 pm UTC

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Rainsford and Zaroff both enjoy hunting and are good at it, but Zaroff is bored with hunting animals. Rainsford is a skilled hunter. He is so experienced and well-respected, in fact, that he has...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2015 3:08 pm UTC

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This question has been previously asked and answered. Please see the links below, and thank you for using eNotes.

Latest answer posted May 14, 2009 1:32 am UTC

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Chance and coincidence play a significant role in Connell's classic short story "The Most Dangerous Game." It is only by chance that Sanger Rainsford happens to fall off a yacht while sailing past...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2019 9:50 am UTC

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Rainsford realizes that the general is toying with him when he turns back, and he decides he will need to up his game and not lose his nerve. When Rainsford is first told by General Zaroff that he...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2015 7:54 pm UTC

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Wow! That is a tough question because all I can imagine is Zaroff hunting down Rainsford in the jungle, and it's pretty hard to see anything civilized in his actions there! Let's look beyond that...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2008 8:55 am UTC

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What an excellent answer from amysorto! While "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell is a story centered around hunting (hardly a subject likely to contain many references to anything outside...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2013 4:00 pm UTC

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Wow, I don't know. Whitney is a throwaway role. I would cast some unknown there. I honestly do not know about Ivan. A wrestler perhaps? I think Sean Connery might be a good General Zarroff,...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2011 11:38 am UTC

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We find ourselves on an untamed, creepy, scary, uncivilized island. Do these words also describe one of the story's major characters? Yes, they do. The setting, of course, reflects the uncivilized,...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2009 10:23 am UTC

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There are two main ways in which Rainsford the protagonist from Richard Connell's short story "The Most Dangerous Game") uses his knowledge of hunting to escape General Zaroff. First, Rainsford has...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2011 8:52 am UTC

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There are many ways one could go about rewriting the ending of "The Most Dangerous Game." For example, consider what would have happened if Rainsford had not survived or not faked his own death....

Latest answer posted December 10, 2020 4:20 pm UTC

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