What's the difference between Zaroff and Rainsford in "The Most Dangerous Game"?

The main differences between Zaroff and Rainsford in "The Most Dangerous Game" concern their views regarding the value of human life and their interest in hunting. Zaroff does not value human life and callously murders vulnerable people on his private island. Zaroff is also a fanatical hunter and needs hunting to be content. In contrast, Rainsford values human life and views hunting as simply an engaging sport.

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The primary difference between General Zaroff and Sanger Rainsford concerns their views regarding the value of human life. General Zaroff is portrayed as a maniacal hunter who does not value human life and murders vulnerable people throughout Ship-Trap Island for the thrill of it. He harbors no "romantic ideas" about human life and has no qualms about hunting and killing people for his pleasure. Zaroff lacks a moral compass and does not find his actions inhumane or criminal. He even views Ivan's death as a "slight annoyance" and is more concerned that his quarry has escaped him. In addition to Zaroff's outlook regarding the value of human life, he also views hunting as a necessary aspect of his life. Zaroff is fanatical about hunting and cannot live without the thrill of the hunt. He is sentimentally attached to the sport and crosses every moral boundary to fulfill his need.

Although Sanger Rainsford is an avid, successful hunter, he does not feel that hunting is necessary for him to live....

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