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The Most Dangerous Game

by Richard Edward Connell

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There are two main ways in which Rainsford the protagonist from Richard Connell's short story "The Most Dangerous Game") uses his knowledge of hunting to escape General Zaroff.

First, Rainsford has extensive knowledge of traps and ways to avoid capture. Rainsford uses his knowledge of the The Fox Hunt, The Maylay Mancatcher, a  Burmese Tiger pit, and the Uganda Knife Trick to evade capture by Zaroff.

The second way Rainsford uses his knowledge of hunting to avoid capture by Zaroff is by using Zaroff's own ideology against him. Zaroff no longer finds any "thrill left in tigers." Hunting for Zaroff (prior to his new prey) offered "no real danger" and Zaroff live[s] for danger." Zaroff decided to hunt man because man is the only creature which can reason. For Zaroff, his prey "must have courage, cunning, and, above all, it must be able to reason."

Therefore, Zaroff's desire to find a prey which could reason (man) ends up being the one thing Rainsford possesses which saves his life. Rainsford's ability to reason is the greatest skill he possesses. It is through his ability to reason that Rainsford is able to escape and defeat Zaroff.

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