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The Most Dangerous Game

by Richard Edward Connell
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What are Rainsford’s first impressions of the repellent General Zaroff in Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game"? What shocking discoveries does he make about his host’s passion for hunting?

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Sanger Rainsford, the protagonist of Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game," finds himself upon the island home of General Zaroff after falling off of the ship he was on. Upon knocking upon Zaroff's door, Ivan (Zaroff's servant) "welcomes" Rainsford with pistol to his face. Soon after, Zaroff...

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Sanger Rainsford, the protagonist of Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game," finds himself upon the island home of General Zaroff after falling off of the ship he was on. Upon knocking upon Zaroff's door, Ivan (Zaroff's servant) "welcomes" Rainsford with pistol to his face. Soon after, Zaroff welcomes Rainsford, addressing him as "the celebrated hunter." 

The first thing which Rainsford notices about Zaroff is his physical attractiveness; his first impressions being that Zaroff was "singularly handsome." Immediately after, Rainsford sees something "bizarre" about the general's face. Even more bizarre than Zaroff's face is his preferred prey (as he is a hunter like Rainsford). General Zaroff prefers to hunt humans because they are the only animal which has the ability to reason. 

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