Who would u rather meet, Zaroff from "The Most Dangerous Game," or Montresor from "The "Cask of Amontillado?"Who would u rather meet, Zaroff from "The Most Dangerous Game," or Montresor...

Who would u rather meet, Zaroff from "The Most Dangerous Game," or Montresor from "The "Cask of Amontillado?"

Who would u rather meet, Zaroff from "The Most Dangerous Game," or Montresor from "The "Cask of Amontillado?"

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Unless one is extremely skillful as a hunter, he/she has little chance against Zaroff.  However deranged Montesor is, it seems that one would have a chance against him since he did warn Fortunato that he should turn back, be careful, etc.  Besides, the irony of Fortunato's name is not missed when the reader sees the description of the man in a fool's costume. Afterall, Fortunato willingly descends into the catacombs of Montesor whereas Rainsford has no choice in "the hunt."  Added to this, physical prowess has fewer variables than mind games which afford more opportunities for success.

ladyvols1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If I had my choice I would rather meet Zaroff from "The Most Dangerous Game."  Zaroff is very honest and up front about who he is and what he does.  Also with Zaroff you have a fighting chance to escape with your life.  With Montresor you are at his mercy.  He lies, he cheats and he manipulates the situation to cause harm and there is no way out.  I would much rather deal with an enemy that I know than one who acts like a friend then bricks me into my grave. 

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'm not fast, I'm not very handy with weapons, I'm not experienced creating things from nature, I'm not skilled at thinking like either the hunted or the hunter.While Zaroff might be up front with me, that wouldn't really help me much.  I'd still be at a humongous disadvantage and my head would be hanging on his wall in no time flat.

I guess that meansI'd better choose Montressor.  At least I'd have a fighting chance.

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would rather meet with Montressor. Zlaroff cloaks himself in civility, but he is an evil barbarian. While he says, if Rainsford can escape that he will be freed, but who knows what Zaroff would do to the only quarry to survive the hunt. With that being said, while Montressor seemed crazy, he did not seem evil, and that seems like much less of a threat.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I think Zarroff is probably harmless off his island. I would not want to meet him there, however. Montressor would be a different story. I have a feeling that if you looked at him cross-eyed he'd want revenge against you. He is far more unstable in general.
linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Probably Zaroff. At least with him you know what to expect. He's straightforward about his intentions.

soleyourryk | Student
Who would u rather meet, Zaroff from "The Most Dangerous Game," or Montresor from "The "Cask of Amontillado?"

Who would u rather meet, Zaroff from "The Most Dangerous Game," or Montresor from "The "Cask of Amontillado?"

I think that I would want to me Montressor from "The Cask of Amontillado."  After reading and teaching that story, I have questions that I've always wanted answers to (and that my students want answers to as well).  For one thing, I want to know exactly what Fortunato could possibly have done to make him so angry as to take that kind of revenge on someone.  I would also want to know where he came up with such an idea.  

omni | Student

I would go with Montresor because it sounds like he has an excellent wine cellar. I am a big oeniphile and would love to try some of his best stuff. There's no way I would go down to his cellar with him though!

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