# "Most Dangerous Game" Review

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Locate words that suggest the mood/atmosphere of the opening scene.
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What is suggested by Rainsford's comments below, and why might they be significant?

When Rainsford and Whitney discuss the pleasures of hunting, Whitney acknowledges, '"For the hunter...Not for the jaguar'" (19). Rainsford replies, "'Who cares how a jaguar feels?'" (19).

When Whitney says animals understand the "'fear of pain'" and the "'fear of death,'" Rainsford replies, "'Nonsense...This hot weather is making you soft...Be a realist. The world is made up of two classes--the hunters and the huntees. Luckily, you and I are the hunters'" (20).
This passage may suggest that he might die. He is a hunting expert with a lot of experience but he can't recognize what animal it is, which could cause him harm. This also might suggest that the animal is actually an animal, but it might be a human. If Rainsford is one of the best hunters, he should be able to figure out what animal made that noise. He would never hunt humans so he wouldn't be able to recognize whether a human made that noise. he has no experience on killing humans like Zaroff does.
What does Rainsford refer to as his enemy? Explain why this may or may not be true.

"...the most welcome [sound] he had ever heard--the muttering and growling of the sea breaking on a rocky shore. He was almost on the rocks before he saw them; on a night less calm he would have been shattered against them" (21).
Rainsford refers to the sea as his enemy. This may not be true because an animal was mentioned earlier and could be dangerous. The animals or people on the island could be his true enemy. Also, the sea helps him get to Zaroffs house at the end, which shows that the sea is not his enemy. The sea also lets him live when he jumps into the water. Zaroff even assumes he's dead when that happens, which shows that even Zaroff thinks the sea was dangerous enough to kill Rainsford. The sea isn't his enemy, it's Zaroff.
Explain the significance of the following passage.

"A small, glittering object not far away caught Rainsford's eye and he picked it up. It was an empty cartridge. 'A twenty-two...That's odd. It must have been a fairly large animal too. The hunter had his nerve with him to tackle it with a light gun'" (22).
General Zaroff could be considered a violent man because of his black eyes, his dark face, and his pointed teeth. His black eyes may symbolize power, his dark face may show that he is feared by others, and his pointed teeth show that he is an aggressive powerful person. His white hair and black eyes, black eyebrows, and sharp jawline could show he is bipolar. Since and white and black are oppossite, it shows that he has two personalities. The kind side (white) shows how he cares about his guests and feeds them and gives them a nice bed and clothes to sleep in. The aggressive side (black) shows that he kills humans for pleasure and feels that killing is good.
The childhood experience described on page 68 might correlate to the man Zaroff is today because as a child, he was very good at shooting and as an adult, he can kill some of the most dangerous animals. His skill of hunting has grown over his life and likes hunting because of the hobby from his childhood. Also, his father taught him that hunting and killing was good. When he was younger, he was told not to shoot the prized turkeys but he still did. Instead of getting yelled at by his dad, he was praised and over the years, he's believed that killing is a good thing. No one taught him how wrong it is to kill.