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Sangor Rainsford and General Zaroff are both impeccable hunters and war veterans with a taste for hunting challenging animals. The two men also share the belief that hunting is fair and the prey has an equal chance at survival or death. They have both classified the world’s inhabitants into two classes: the strong and the weak or the hunters and the hunted. In this regard, they both viewed themselves as superior beings compared to what they hunted and employ the same assertion to justify their killing. Rainsford and Zaroff are both well read and smart. This is noted when Zaroff recognized Rainsford the moment they meet because he had read his books on hunting. Killing also comes naturally to both men as seen when Rainsford, without hesitation, kills Zaroff at the chateau; it is also clear in earlier attempts by Zaroff to kill Rainsford during the game.
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