Zaroff faces an internal conflict that is related to us as he explains his history to Rainsford. This conflict is the basis for the story that later unfolds as we reveal the truth about what Zaroff does on this island.
Zaroff states that he "loves the hunt" and comments that it is and has been his life and only real joy. However, the conflict is introduced when he confesses that the hunt had "become too easy" and no longer excited him the way it used to. He tells Raisford that he read about Americans who "go to pieces" when they cannot do what they love. This issue of hunting no longer being a challenge creates the internal conflict for Zaroff.