In "The Most Dangerous Game," what are Rainsford's emotions throughout the story?How does he react to situations? Thanks for reading.. Hope you can help!!

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At the beginning of the story while Rainsford is still aboard the ship he is very personable and converses well with others in a confident and inquisitive manner.  When he falls overboard he initially panics but then the author tells us that “a certain cool-headedness had come to him; it was not the first time he had been in a tight place.”  His survival instincts take over and he manages to get to land.

When Rainsford meets General Zaroff he once again displays his civil nature and introduces himself.  When Rainsford finds out that Zaroff hunts human beings he is appalled.   He says to Zaroff, “..what you are speaking of is murder.”

At the beginning of the hunt Rainsford is acting like a panicked victim.  He is scared, but it doesn’t take him long to pull himself together and regain his composure.    He continues to tell himself, “I will not lose my nerve, I will not.”    After dispatching of the hound and Ivan, he swims back to the house and here becomes the hunter.  He lies in wait and beats Zaroff at his own game.

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