The Most Dangerous Game Traps

What are the traps that Rainsford puts up for General Zaroff in "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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The first trap that Rainsford sets is called a Malay mancatcher. To make the Malay mancatcher, Rainsford finds a heavy dead tree laying precariously on a smaller, living one and uses his knife to make a trigger, which sends the dead tree crashing down when stepped on. The Malay mancatcher is a partial success and strikes Zaroff with a glancing blow to the shoulder when he accidentally steps on the trigger.

The second trap that Rainsford makes is called a Burmese tiger pit. Rainsford digs a deep hole near the Death Swamp before fashioning sharp stakes from hard saplings to stick into the bottom of the pit. Once Rainsford places the stakes in the pit, he covers the hole with leaves, branches, and weeds from the surrounding area. The Burmese tiger pit is also a successful trap and claims the life of one of Zaroff's prized hunting dogs.

The third trap Rainsford creates is a native device he learned to make in Uganda. Rainsford proceeds to fasten his knife to a springy sapling, with its blade pointing down the trail. Using a bit of wild grapevine, Rainsford holds the springy sapling back with a trigger attached to the trap. This trap is also a success and claims the life of Ivan, who unexpectedly steps on the trigger, causing the sapling with the knife attached to recoil.

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Maybe there is yet another trap: The final trap is the escaping of Rainsford to hide behind the curtains and spring into Zaroff's view just as the general prepares to lie in his bed, trapping him into a duel, the final game.

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Rainsford sets three traps for General Zaroff. Rainsford’s first trap is a Maylay man-catcher. He sets up a dead tree so that it will fall and hit Zaroff. Zaroff, however, sees the tree and manages to dodge it, receiving only a shoulder wound. When Zaroff goes to get his wound attended to, Rainsford flees and finds himself on the part of the island that has quicksand. He quickly digs a pit a few feet from the quicksand and puts sharpened sticks in the bottom. He then covers the pit with “a rough carpet of weeds and branches.” This Burmese tiger pit is effective because it kills one of Zaroff’s best dogs. The third trap Rainsford makes quickly because Zaroff is not far behind him. He ties his knife to a sapling. He ties the sapling back with some vine. This trap is also effective because when it is triggered, it hits and kills Ivan, Zaroff’s servant.

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