What kind of character is General Zaroff in the "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell?

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General Zaroff is the antagonist of the short story "The Most Dangerous Game," who attempts to murder Rainsford on Ship-Trap Island. General Zaroff is initially depicted as a civilized, aristocratic man, who appreciates literature and has a refined pallet. Despite his affinity for reading philosophical literature from Marcus Aurelius, General Zaroff is a maniacal murder, who finds pleasure in hunting humans on his secluded island. After the general explains to Rainsford that humans are the most dangerous game because they have the ability to reason, which is something animals cannot do, Rainsford severely criticizes Zaroff for his murderous, savage nature. Despite Rainsford's disgusted reaction and insistence that Zaroff is a madman, the maniacal general casually maintains his composure and proceeds to explain the rules of the game to his quarry. General Zaroff is essentially a fanatic, who takes his affinity for hunting to the extreme by completely rejecting civilization and maniacally pursuing innocent, defenseless victims on his island in order to satisfy his desire to hunt. One could also categorize General Zaroff as a static character because he does not experience a change by the end of the story.

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General Zaroff is the antagonist in the short story, "The Most Dangerous Game." In challenging Rainsford to a wicked game, Zaroff is the character who presents the external conflict for the protagonist. Richard Connell, the author of the story, uses lots of direct and indirect characterization to develop Zaroff's round character. He is characterized as aristocratic, refined, unscruplous, cold-blooded, eccentric, and a bit insane. Although he hunts men on his island, he does does not believe he is a heartless murderer because he has set up rules for his "game" and provides his prey with resources. He displays these characteristics and beliefs from begining to end with no change, which makes him a static character.

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