Compare And Contrast Rainsford And General Zaroff

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What happens when the common hunter becomes tired of hunting the same animals? In the short story The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell, Connell displays a scenario about a rich and eccentric hunter who went too far for his perfect game. Throughout the story, characters Sanger Rainsford and General Zaroff show their personalities through their responses to internal and external conflicts. Rainsford shows he is moral, cunning, and has a knack for hunting. On the other hand, Zaroff displays he is boastful, intelligent, and is impulsive.
All Sanger Rainsford wants to do as soon as he arrives on Ship Trap Island is to leave. Rainsford is a clever and skilled hunter with a strong sense of morality. When Rainsford first appeared on the seemingly deserted island something catches his eye and his thought process of the situation shows his
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Nothing will get in the way of his perfect hunt. He is intelligent, boastful, and likes a challenge. His intelligence plays a part in how he is able to create his specials hunts. “I read all books published in English, French, and Russian” (Connell, pg. 22). He has the ability to read in three very different and diverse languages which shows that he is an educated man. ---Zaroff believes that the perfect hunt is man. Any other animal bores him. “Hunting tigers ceased to interest me years ago. I exhausted their possibilities, you see” (Connell, pg. 22). Zaroff was not satisfied or challenged by hunting just animals so he diverted from them to a much more sinister game. Most of Zaroff’s major conflicts are external. He desires to continue his perfect game.
The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell tells the story of Sanger Rainsford and General Zaroff’s encounter. Their personalities shine through their actions and responses. The biggest difference between Rainsford and Zaroff is their outlook on the value of a human life. Zaroff thinks very little of them but, to Rainsford, all lives have