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Post by Xinyuan Xing on May 19, 2015

Both General Zoraff  and Rainsford are excellent hunters: General Zoraff is so good at hunting that he finds hunting animals “Ennui”, and before the encounter with Rainsford no one can survive his game; Rainsford is no less in skills and maneuver, which made his the only survivor of Zaroff's game. Their foundamental difference lies in their attitude toward human. Despite Zaroff's  graceful manner and civilized lifestyle, he has no respect for human life. We can infer from his attitude when a poor sailor stuck into the dead swamp and consequently one of Zaroff's finest hound was dragged in. Quote : “One foolish fellow  tried it. The deplorable part of it was that Lazarus followed him. You can imagine my feelings, Mr. Rainsford. I loved Lazarusï¼› he was the finest hound in my pack.” The sheer contrast lies in that Zaroff consider the poor guy's struggle for his life as “foolish attempt”, but his hound’s misfortune as lamentable. Rainsford, however ,regard Zaroff's game as murder. He disapproved his outrageous hunting of human and play the game only to survive.In the end he fears “the fear of a jaguar”, and he kills Zaroff not as a hunter but as a game seeking revenge and security. Will Rainsford give up hunting since he can sympathize the huntee? We don't know and the author offer no moral judgement.
I read this story several times but since my friends in school learn very basic English and literarily none of them use, I have no one to discuss with. So I just post it online.:) I also have trouble figuring out why Zaroff is a survivor, does it mean he survive from the prosecution of  Russian cons?

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Last reply by: Professor Gonzaga
Sun Jun 16, 2013 6:19 PM

Post by abc123 abc123 on June 16, 2013

who will check my assignments

Short Story Recap: The Most Dangerous Game

  • About the Author Richard Connell
  • Historical Context in Short Stories
  • What motivates a character?
  • The antagonist as the protagonist’s shadow

Short Story Recap: The Most Dangerous Game

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  • Intro 0:00
  • About the Author 0:07
  • About the Book 0:31
  • Opening Prelude, Part 1 1:57
    • Opening Prelude, Part 2
    • What is Important About this Conversation?
  • The First Door Way 4:00
  • End of Act 1 5:27
    • What Do We Know About the Rainsford?
  • Beginning of Act 2, Part 1 7:14
    • Beginning of Act 2, Part 2
    • Beginning of Act 2, Part 3
    • Beginning of Act 2, Part 4
    • What is Civilization According to Zaroff?
    • Beginning of Act 2, Part 5
    • Beginning of Act 2, Part 6
    • What Are Some of Zaroff's Values?
    • Would You Trust This Guy?
    • Beginning of Act 2, Part 7
  • The Antagonist 16:38
    • Protagonist
    • Antagonist
    • The Villain as the Hero's Shadow
  • Assignment 18:00