What personal qualities or characteristics allow Rainsford to survive and ultimately overcome Zaroff?I need to write an essay about three of Rainsford's qualities that were most important in...

What personal qualities or characteristics allow Rainsford to survive and ultimately overcome Zaroff?

I need to write an essay about three of Rainsford's qualities that were most important in allowing him to overcome Zaroff.

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The most important qualities Rainsford has can be inferred from the way he performs in his contest with Zaroff.  Some of them are:

  • He is very determined.  At many times during the hunt, Rainsford might have given up in despair.  Of course, he does not.  Instead he perseveres and ultimately wins.
  • He is ingenious.  If he had not been so creative and clever, he would not have been able to devise the traps that allow him to win.
  • He is ruthless.  He shows this ruthlessness in his willingness to do whatever it takes to survive.

 

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The Most Dangerous Game

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