Will someone explain me the meaning of Zaroff's phrase: "God makes some poets... He made me a hunter."

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sagetrieb eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In addition, Zaroff considers hunting "great"; he elevates it to the form of art. One theory of art is that it exists for its own sake, that it does not have to have a purpose or offer a moral or final meaning.  Zaroff subscribe to this notion in that for him hunting exists for itself, not necessarily to find food to eat.  This is why it becomes "the most dangerous game."

bmadnick eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Zaroff is stressing his desire to hunt and the necessity he feels to make hunting more challenging for himself. In a sense, he's justifying his hunting of men. Since God gave him the talent and ability to be an excellent hunter, it's only right that Zaroff use his talent to be the best hunter he can. Zaroff feels he has no choice in what he does since his talents are God-given.

brendawm eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Zaroff's statement means, in my opinion, that everyone is born to do something, and his "something" is to hunt.  To explain more specifically, God creates all men to do specific tasks in life.  Some men are born to be poets, but He has created Zaroff for the purpose of being a hunter.  Hunting is his gift and his talent in life, and this is what he does best.

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