We might imagine that the experience of being hunted has taught Rainsford his lesson about killing other animals. But the fact that Rainsford sleeps in Zaroff's bed suggests otherwise. Interpret the ending of this story and what it says about Rainsford and humans more generally.

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As “The Most Dangerous Game” begins, Rainsford is sailing down the South American coast with his companion, Whitney. The two engage in a philosophical discussion about the distinctions between species, with Whitney suggesting that these hunters’ prey live in fear because they are being hunted, prompting Rainsford’s rebuttal: "Don't talk rot, Whitney," said Rainsford. "You're a big-game hunter, not a philosopher. Who cares how a jaguar feels?" This abrupt rejection of the idea that animals could feel fear results in Whitney’s response, “. . .I think they [the animals they hunt] understand one thing – fear. The fear of pain and the fear of death.”

Rainsford, of course, wants no part of this discussion. To him, animals exist to be hunted and the notion that they feel fear is an alien concept to be ridiculed. Once Rainsford becomes the hunted, of course, he is forced to reassess his beliefs regarding species other than human. Connell makes the point of noting, as Rainsford...

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