In over Rainsford. Firstly, General Zaroff owned the whole

In the short story “The Most Dangerous Game”, by Richard Connell, the two main characters General Zaroff who is considered to be a maniac who doesn’t understand between what is right and wrong and Rainsford a well-known profound hunter who disagrees with General Zaroffs views. Both get into a game (competition) that was rigged to benefit Zaroff but after countless mistakes, it was quickly turned around by Rainsford to lead him to victory. The two characters in the story both have different backgrounds and different personalities. As Rainsford is a world-renowned American hunter while Zaroff is a well-off Russian Cossack who has military experience and lives on his own island. Also, throughout the story, both Rainsford and Zaroff display different personality traits. One-way General Zaroff portrays himself is a confident, calm, Impassioned man, while Rainsford shows himself as being a profound person who is in not the best of situations. General Zaroff, in the beginning, had a great number of advantages over Rainsford. Firstly, General Zaroff owned the whole Island where he was living and knew every inch of that Island which gave him an advantage over Rainsford who was a stray there not knowing anything about the Island. Secondly, General Zaroff had two things that helped him cheat throughout the game, he had dogs and Ivan while Rainsford was all by himself. Thirdly, he has the ability to follow an extremely hard trail, as he was able to follow Rainsford through his hard trail through the woods at night. But Rainsford only had a couple advantages. Firstly, he had the advantage of knowing what to do under pressure as he survived and got to the Island after being thrown off the boat in the middle of the ocean. Secondly, he has been hunting in various different terrains which allowed him to get used to General Zaroffs terrain quickly. As shown above, General Zaroff had great advantages over Rainsford but how did he lose? Firstly, General Zaroff let his guard down to fast. As in the story “But the sharp eyes of the hunter stopped before they reached the limb where Rainsford lay; a smile spread across his brown face. Very deliberately he blew a smoke ring into the air; then he turned his back on the tree and walked carelessly away, back along the trail he had come.” It shows how General Zaroff wanted to play games with Rainsford and not finish him off the second he had the chance. Secondly, he underestimated Rainsford power that he had. As once it started getting dark again he left to go sleep and leave the last night to finish off Rainsford until it was too late. As in the story “A man, who had been hiding behind the curtains of the bed, was standing there. “Rainsford!” screamed the general. ‘How in God’s name did you get here?'”. Rainsford took advantage of General Zaroff understating him as he said “Rainsford did not smile. “I am still a beast at bay,” he said, in a low, hoarse voice. “Get ready, General Zaroff.”. Since General Zaroff never thought that he had the same beast-like characteristic as he did, which contributed to his loss. In conclusion, General Zaroff had a great advantage of winning the game and have another human “hunted” for his pleasure but he gave it all up for having the joy of playing around with his pray. Which Rainsford took advantage of to come out victorious at the end. 


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