In "The Most Dangerous Game," what does Rainsford learn from his experience at Ship-Trap Island?

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The reader must conclude for him/herself what Rainsford learns from his experience. The author does, however, give us some clues to what Rainsford might be thinking and feeling after he kills Zaroff.  When Zaroff first tells Rainsford about his hunting game, Rainsford is appalled at the idea of man hunting man. In trying to survive, however, Rainsford kills Zaroff's dog and Ivan, and he's proud of himself for successfully setting the traps even though they didn't kill Zaroff, Rainsford's intended target. After Rainsford kills Zaroff, he doesn't run down and free the men Zaroff has been training to hunt. Instead, Rainsford enjoys a good night's sleep in Zaroff's comfortable bed and awakens refreshed from it. These clues suggest that Rainsford may have been so exhilarated by the hunt, even though he was the hunted, that he decides to stay on the island and continue Zaroff's game. As a reader of the story, you have to decide for yourself based on the clues in the story what Rainsford learns from his experience.

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