The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Edward Connell

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What are some character traits of Sanger Rainsford in "The Most Dangerous Game"?

What are some character traits of Sanger Rainsford in "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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Sanger Rainsford is depicted as an inventive, disciplined man who is renowned for his hunting abilities and survives the most dangerous game. At the beginning of the story, Rainsford is depicted as a competitive, callous man who does not sympathize with the animals he hunts. Rainsford also displays his curiosity by staring intently toward Ship-Trap Island before accidentally falling overboard. Once Rainsford is in the sea, he demonstrates his mental toughness and strong will by swimming toward the island and surviving the treacherous waters.

Rainsford then demonstrates his intelligence by finding a bullet and recognizing its caliber before discovering Zaroff's massive chateau. During dinner with General Zaroff , Rainsford displays his civility and morals by severely criticizing Zaroff for his maniacal obsession with hunting humans. Once the most dangerous game begins, Rainsford demonstrates his mental discipline, resourcefulness, and creativity by controlling his emotions and making...

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