The Most Dangerous Game

The Most Dangerous Game
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  • More wine?
  • General Zaroff in The Most Dangerous Game has many character traits, most of them being unpleasant. He is clever, handsom, and over-confident.
  • What a good looking guy...
  • General Zaroff is clever. He knows how to act pleasant in front pf people to gain their favor. Zaroff introduces himself to Rainsford by saying, "It is a very great pleasure and honor to welcome Mr. Sanger Rainsford, the celebrated hunter, to my home." He acts very civilized at first, only to share  a very disturbing "hobby" of his later.
  • Zaroff is also clever as he tricks Mr. Rainsford into thinking that he is civilized. Zaroff serves his guest a red soup with sour cream along with fancy wines and Turkish coffee.
  • General Zaroff is handsome. The text states that the cruel man is tall and has a pointed mustache and black hair. He could have woman swooning for miles. 
  • Zaroff is over-confident. After realizing that Rainsford is hiding in the tree above him, the general lets him go. The author states,"...then he turned his back on the tree and walked carelessly away, back along the trail he had come." This shows that Zaroff thinks that Rainsford will be such easy prey that he can play with his emotions and come back for him later.
  • The general is also over confident as he makes a deal that eventually kills him. He challenges Rainsford to a duel in which the looser will be fed to his hounds. He is so sure that he will win! The text ends by saying, "He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided." 
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