What is the literal meaning of "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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Literally, the title refers to the concept that the most dangerous game a human can play is to sport with a life or death situation such as Zaroff forces Rainsford into.  Figuratively, Connell uses a pun for the word "game" to illustrate that the most dangerous prey (game) is a human because he possesses instinct, logic, and a conscience.  All of these elements in the human hunter and human prey (game) create much more of a challenge for both the hunter and the prey.

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