The most important conflict in this story is an external one. It pits the protagonist of the story, Sanger Rainsford, against the antagonist, General Zaroff. In the story, Zaroff decides to hunt Rainsford. This is conflict at its most basic. Rainsford and Zaroff are in a conflict that can only end with one of them killing the other. The conflict has physical, tactical, and emotional aspects to it as Rainsford must be strong in all of these ways if he is to survive. While there are other conflicts, this is the most important.