Why He Killed In Richard Connell's The Most Dangerous Game

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“I am still a beast a bay” (80). In the previous quote Rainsford expresses that he still feels that he is being hunted. Killing a man is ok if it is in self-defense. In The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell Rainsford feels that what Zaroff does is murder. Zaroff does not believe what he does is murder but instead that he is giving them a chance.
Rainsford falls off a boat and makes his way to an island where he finds a rather large house. He knocks at the door where he is greeted unpleasantly by a deaf and dumb man with a gun. Moments after a meets General Zaroff a hunter who is familiar with Rainsford. Zaroff feeds him and gives him a place to sleep until Rainsford is healthy then gives him a choice. Rainsford can be hunted by Zaroff or beat to death by Ivan the deaf man from before. Rainsford chooses to be hunted and in the end kills Rainsford and winning “The Game.”
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Zaroff thinks what he does is not murder however, Rainsford thinks it is murder. “Dear me again that unpleasant word.”(70) General Zaroff does not see him killing people as murder, he sees it as sport. Zaroff grows bored of hunting animals so he has moved on to harder hunting. He sees it as him giving the people that wash up on his island a chance at living and making it back home. “Life is for the strong, to be lived by the strong, and if need be taken by the strong”( General Zaroff thinks that you need to be strong to live. So he puts people through a test that he calls “The Game.” If you win the game you prove to him that you are strong enough to live. If you are not strong enough you
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