What are Rainford's views on hunters and their prey in "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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Rainsford is a respected hunter and author of books on the subject.  For that reason, Zaroff respects him right off the bat.  However, when Rainsford refuses to join Zaroff in hunting humans, Rainsford becomes the hunted himself.  Rainsford states that what Zaroff is doing is cruel and unusual.  Rainsford says that Zaroff's sport of hunting humans is brutal and barbaric, and that Zaroff is nothing more than a murderer.

Of course, the hunt for Rainsford is a tense one.  Rainsford is constantly attempting to keep his head and use his knowledge of hunting and trapping to avoid Zaroff.  He does kill Ivan, Zaroff's assistant, and one of the dogs used to track him.  Zaroff toys with Rainsford by outsmarting him and then letting him go.  Rainsford, in a desperate attempt to stay one step ahead of Zaroff, confronts him in Zaroff's bedroom.  Instead of letting Zaroff go, however, Rainsford kills him to end the game for good.  He spends a night in comfort rather than in trees and the wilderness, and we are all left wondering if Rainsford is actually better than Zaroff, or if he will just simply take Zaroff's place on the island.




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