The Most Dangerous Game: Zaroff Essay

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In the short story “The Most Dangerous Game” the author, Richard Connell, does an outstanding job of portraying the bizarre adventure of an insane, however experienced hunter, General Zaroff. The protagonist, Rainsford, another experienced hunter from New York City, appears on General Zaroff’s island, explores, and eventually encounters with Zaroff. They introduce themselves, settle down, and begin to talk. During the talk with the general, Rainsford soon learns that the General was not only a hunter; but a murderer as well. Zaroff has lured and ceased many sailors to his island to play a game. Although, they did not hunt with the General, the General hunted them! Zaroff claimed that hunting “had become too easy”, therefore, hunting began …show more content…
He personifies a cold-blooded killer by killing people in the demented way of hunting them. General Zaroff actions are immoral; although there are many killers in the world, but to hunt human beings as animals is not how life is suppose to be. In addition, to do such gruesome acts and have no pain or sorrow upon what you have done. Hunting would begin to be less looked upon if someone like the General were to exist.

Hunting is supposed to be man vs. nature, not man vs. man. According to Zaroff, they are the same. General Zaroff believes that his hobby of hunting other humans is rather entertaining. Anyone else could say that it is not moral or human-like. Zaroff insisted that he was no murderer and thought it was just a simple game. However, despite how skilled the beast was, his experience was to be doubted eventually. The General became a little bit too conceited unaware of his upcoming death performed by the “animal” he had hunted, Rainsford. The loose cannon held little value for human life. When reading the story, you could analyze that it is likely to become what you fear. In this case, Rainsford became “the beast at bay” and finally knew how it felt to be hunted by a miraculous hunter such as General Zaroff. Human life is valuable and should not be consumed with such violence, cruelty, immorality.

Works Cited
Connell, Richard. ”The Most Dangerous Game”. Elements of