The picture above shows the moment when Whitney and Rainsford were talking about hunting. This scene develops the character of Rainsford by showing his opinion on hunting. Rainsford believes only humans have understanding and animals do not. This moment creates suspense for what will come next in the story.
The picture above show a scene from when Rainsford fell off of the yacht. Rainsford thought, "Rainsford remembered the shots. They had come from the right, and doggedly he swam in that direction, swimming with slow, deliberate strokes, conserving his strength"(Connell, 33). In this moment the author shows Rainsford quick thinking when he started heading towards the gunshots. This characteristic is a key characteristic for Rainsford's character.
This moment plays a key role in the story because Rainsford realized that Zaroff kills humans. Zaroff said,"“Why should I not be serious? I am speaking of hunting.”"(Connell,112) and Rainsford responded, "“Hunting? Great Guns, General Zaroff, what you speak of is murder"" (Connell, 113). Rainsford disagrees with Zaroff that hunting humans is the right thing to do. Rainsford is shocked when he learns that Zaroff hunts humans. The anagonist is revealed in this scene setting up an external conflict in the story.
The climax of the story is when Rainsford jumps off the cliff when General Zaroff and a pack of dogs are chasing him. Rainsford is in a perilous situation where he could either die to Zaroff and Zaroff's dogs or he could take the risk of jumping 20 feet into the ocean. Rainsford chose to jump into the ocean which is the moment the whole story led to. There is a lot of uncertainty in this moment because the readers do not know if Rainsford will survive the jump.
This scene shows when General Zaroff returns home. Zaroff thought, "Two slight annoyances kept him from perfect enjoyment. One was the thought that it would be difficult to replace Ivan; the other was that his quarry had escaped him; of course, the American hadn’t played the game — so thought the general as he tasted his after-dinner liqueur".(Connell, 199) General Zaroff is thinking about how Rainsford ran away but the story says "so he thought" which could mean that Rainsford has tricked the general.
When Zaroff arrived at his room and turned on the lights he saw Rainsford standing there. Rainsford did not run away like Zaroff thought he did. Rainsford played Zaroff's game and defeated him. He presumably killed Zaroff because of the line ""He had never slept in a better bed", Rainsford decided" (Connell, 206). Rainsford victory was like a victory for justice because Zaroff did evil and unjust actions