In "The Most Dangerous Game," what are three things said or done by Zoroff that indicate he places little value on human life?

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jlcannad eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You have a lot of examples for Zoroff's lack of respect for human beings.

1. He allows Ivan to torture men if they refuse to participate in his game.

2. He gleefully tells Rainsford, "I had to invent a new animal to hunt" implying that people are nothing more than animals.

3. When he says, "it supplies me with the most exciting hunting in the world," the "it" in that sentence is people.  He's dehumanizing them and reducing them to things. 

4. He comes right out and tells Rainsford that respect for human life is "romantic," implying that it is silly or unimportant.

5.  He dramatically announces, "The weak of the world were put here to give the strong pleasure."  So, people who do not match his ideal of strength have no value.

6. He calls his victims "scum of the earth" and says they have less value than a thoroughbred horse or hound"

7.  At one point, Zaroff "pressed a button" and "far out to sea Rainsford saw the flash of lights," so the general is making ships crash so that he can pick the strongest men for his prey and allow the rest to die in the sea.

8.  And my personal favorite (and the one that makes me want to lose my lunch) is when he tells Rainsford that he wants to show off his "new collection of heads."  He's collected and stuffing the heads of the men he kills.  Ick ick ick and more ick.

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