General Zaroff was the antagonist in the story because of his intentions to kill Rainsford as game.
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In the beginning of the story when Rainsford falls off the yacht, he struggles against the waves only to end up on an island, stranded.
When Rainsford is running away, he finds himselfamongst quicksand. At this moment he starts tthat he has the choice to try to survive or die. With self-determination he wants to escape the sand, but it all depended upon his mentality.
After Rainsford successfully killed General Zaroff and his sidepiece Ivan, he returned to the chateau to getfinally get some rest.