What are some quotes from "The Most Dangerous Game" that illustrate man vs. self, man vs. man, and man vs. nature?

One quote from "The Most Dangerous Game" that illustrates man versus nature occurs when Rainsford's ship is sinking at the beginning of the story and he "reached too far and had lost his balance," falling off the ship. The conflict of man versus man is illustrated through Rainsford's interactions with Zaroff, such as when Zaroff tells him that his "scruples" against hunting men are "quite ill founded."

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"The Most Dangerous Game" is largely a story that emphasizes man versus man and man versus nature conflicts, though there are elements of a man versus self conflict within Rainsford.

Rainsford's conflict with nature occurs early on, when the ship begins to sink. Not only does the water threaten him, but the dark of night makes it harder for him to see where he's going or what's happening:

Rainsford sprang up and moved quickly to the rail, mystified. He strained his eyes in the direction from which the reports had come, but it was like trying to see through a blanket. He leaped upon the rail and balanced himself there, to get greater elevation; his pipe, striking a rope, was knocked from his mouth. He lunged for it; a short, hoarse cry came from his lips as he realized he had reached too far and had lost his balance. The cry was pinched off short as the blood-warm waters of the Caribbean Sea dosed over his head.

This is the first time the mighty hunter Rainsford is rendered vulnerable by...

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