Is Zaroff a round or a flat character?

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In "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell, General Zaroff is a flat (static) character because he doesn't change throughout the story. He remains committed to hunting, even if he has to trap people on his island to up the ante.

Zaroff confides in Rainsford that hunting had become too boring for him. "...hunting had ceased to be what you call a 'sporting proposition.' It had become too easy. I always got my quarry. Always. There is no greater bore than perfection," (7). Because of the boredom he suffered hunting animals, he decided that hunting humans would be better.

"No other hunting compares with it for an instant. Every day I hunt, and I never grow bored now, for I have quarry with which I can match my wits," (7). Zaroff never changes his opinion on the act of hunting humans, even though Rainsford is horrified by his admittance: "Hunting? General Zaroff, what you speak of is murder," (7).

In the end, Zaroff hunts Rainsford, and Rainsford outsmarts him. Yet, even in death, Zaroff is proud of the "game," proving he is a flat character. "Splendid! One of us is to furnish a repast for the hounds. The other will sleep in this very excellent bed," (15).

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