What does the passage suggest about Rainsford's character? Explain.This is the passage: "I will not lose my nerve. I will not.He slid down from the tree, and struck off again into the woods. His...

What does the passage suggest about Rainsford's character? Explain.

This is the passage: "I will not lose my nerve. I will not.
He slid down from the tree, and struck off again into the woods. His face was set and he forced the machinery of his mind to function."

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bmadnick eNotes educator| Certified Educator

For the first time in his life, Rainsford is truly afraid. He's being hunted by Zaroff just as Rainsford as hunted big game animals all of his life. He is now the prey, and this thought has caused him to doubt if he can win Zaroff's "game". When Rainsford speaks these words aloud, it shows his determination to beat Zaroff and survive. He forces himself to think rather than panic. Because Rainsford is an experienced hunter, he knows panic is his worst enemy, so he forces himself to use the "machinery of his mind" to analyze his situation and come up with a plan. He's an intelligent man who realizes the only way to beat Zaroff is to outthink him.

anthonda49 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It sounds as if he does sometimes question his own abilities. However, his internal self is able to reassure him that he will not fail and become afraid. He does have some self-doubt. Since he has no one available to talk to about his fears, he can and does engage in self dialogue. In psychology, this is a common occurrence to bolster one's self and find the courage to succeed. Only someone with a good self-esteem can use this tactic.

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The Most Dangerous Game

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