In "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell, Zaroff thought what game was the most dangerous?

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General Zaroff is the antagonist in Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game." He is a master big-game hunter, and he lives alone on an isolated island so he can do what he wishes. 

What he wishes to do, of course, is hunt. Unfortunately, he has hunted every big-game animal that exists, and he has grown bored. He talks about all the great animals he has hunted, and then he says,

"They were no match at all for a hunter with his wits about him, and a high-powered rifle. I was bitterly disappointed. I was lying in my tent with a splitting headache one night when a terrible thought pushed its way into my mind. Hunting was beginning to bore me! And hunting, remember, had been my life."

So, General Zaroff set about looking for something to hunt which would prove to be a challenge to him, would match wits with him and make hunting fun for him again. And, of course, there is only one kind of animal which meets those standards--humans. 

Now he hunts humans, though of course he gives himself every advantage, ensuring that he will always win. The most dangerous game, according to Zaroff, is man; and the most dangerous man he has ever hunted is Sanger Rainsford. 

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The Most Dangerous Game

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