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Most dangerous game: Character traits of Rainsford and Zarof
Transcript of Most dangerous game: Character traits of Rainsford and Zarof
Rainsford (at the beginning)
Rainsford: middle of the story
Rainsford: End of story
- Rainsford is seeing the animals point of view. (p.111) "Rainsford knew now how an animal at bay felt."
-He begins trying to kill Zaroff, instead of hiding. (p.110) "Then he felt an impulse to cry aloud with joy...as the points found their mark.
-He tries to kill Zaroff, even when he doesn't have to. (p.112) "You have won the game" "Get ready, General Zaroff."
- He kills with ease, even sleeping well that night. Evil? Insane? No one knows. (p.112) "One of un is to furnish a repast for the hounds. The other will sleep in this very excellent bed....He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided."
-He is old-ish, but still with a strict appearance. (p.97) "He was a tall man past middle age, for his hair was a vivid white; but his thick eyebrows and pointed military mustache were as black as the night from which Rainsford had come."
-He is a Cossack, and rich. (p.97) "He is a Cossack...so am I." "...the table appointments were the finest-the linen, the crystal, the silver, the china."
- He is an obsessed with hunting, and an expert hunter. (p.99) "It would be impossible to tell you all the animals I have hunted." (p.100) "No animal had a chance with me anymore."
-He hunts humans instead of animals (p.101) "It [the huntee] must have courage, cunning, and above all, reason. [Only humans can reason.] Keeps the human population in check! (Sorry.)
-He doesn't believe that's bad. (p.101) "Why should I not be serious? I am speaking of hunting."
-He kinda sorta cheats at his hunting (p.103) "One almost did win. I eventually had to use the dogs."
doesn't value human life (or life at all, for that matter.) (p.111) "[A person had just died and] he sat down, took a drink of brandy from a silver flask, lit a perfumed cigarrete (see? He smokes too!) and hummed a bit from
madame butterfly." "
[After Ivan, his servant, had died] he thought it would be difficult to replace Ivan...."
Total Summery of Changes in Rainsford and Zaroff
-Rainsford goes from not caring about the feelings of animals to understanding what it's like to be them.
-Rainsford goes from not trying to kill humans to being more than a-okay with it.
-Rainsford possibly becomes insane.
-Zaroff doesn't change at all, which makes my job easy.
Note: The cherry tree has nothing to do with this. But it's pretty. Plus, too many kids are using islands.
- Expert hunter (p.92) "I've seen you pick off a moose moving in a brown bush at four hundred yards...."
- He hunts only for sport. (p.92) "hunting...the best sport in the world."
- He doesn't ever question whether or not that's morally right. (p.92)"Who cares how the jaguar feel?"
-He sees things in
, with hunters and huntees, no neutral ground. (p.92) "The world is made up of two classes-the hunters and the huntees."
-He smokes (eww) and isn't superstitious. (p.93) "Pure imagination...one superstitous sailor can taint the whole ship's company with fear."
-He is a good survivalist: When he falls of a boat, he keeps his head, evaluating each option, and swims to a nearby island. Also (p.95) "...he knew from the position of the sun that it was late afternoon."
-He meets someone who hunts humans, and begins to basically go against his own word. The other person talks about hunters and huntees, and Rainsford begins defending them.
-He refuses to kill people.
-He doesn't do to well when he's the huntee, he panics and leaves and obvious trail. (p. 106) "...he had plunged along, spurred along by the sharp rowels of something quite like panic."
-He is still a bit overconfident (p.107)"Even so zealous a hunter as General Zaroff could not trace him there, he told himself...."
Note: Since Rainsford changes throughout the story, he has three slides
Note: Should be a guy
Zaroff charecter traits