What is "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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There is a dual meaning to Richard Connell's cleverly-titled short story, "The Most Dangerous Game." First, it refers to the special game--the contest--that Zaroff has originated. Bored with hunting big game animals, which have proved to no longer be a challenge to him, he has resorted to hunting humans. It proves to be dangerous because of the murderous intent of Zaroff and for the danger presented to both the hunter and hunted. The second meaning has to do with a different type of game--the prey, in this case a human being. Zaroff has become bored with hunting animals because of their innate lack of intelligence and cunning. Humans present a greater challenge and more danger to the hunter, as Rainsford so skillfully proves.