The Most Dangerous Game: Zaroff Characterization

The Most Dangerous Game: Zaroff Characterization
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  • Wow, this guys mean business!
  • Hello!
  • Surely, someone as smart as you would know that...
  • Civilized!?!?
  • We try to be civilized here.
  • In The Most Dangerous Game, Zaroff tries to hunt Rainsford and kill him. To represent characterization for General Zaroff, I chose these three traits: Business-like, Formal, and Proud. In the first scene Zaroff is in, we can already see parts of his formal trait. Rainsford's thoughts tell us that he thinks Zaroff has "the face of a man used to giving orders, the face of an aristocrat." This shows how up-tight and formal Zaroff is, even just from his appearance.
  • No one has beaten me yet!
  • This guy is no joke!
  • When Rainsford questions Zaroff about murder, Zaroff says, "Why should I not be serious? I am speaking of hunting. This shows how serious Zaroff is about hunting, reflecting his business-like trait.
  • I uh, don't feel to well...
  • Is that so...
  • After Zaroff tells Rainsford about the fake channel he created, Zaroff mentions he has electricity. Next, he (ironically) says, "We tried to be civilized here." This shows that he believes he is up-tight and classy, even though he is a serial killer. This shows how he is formal.
  • I bet Rainsford thinks he's clever; I know he's in that tree!
  • Next, Rainsford asks Zaroff what will happen if Rainsford won the game, and with a wide smile, Zaroff says, "To date I have not lost." This shows how confident Zaroff is. The smile tells us more, however. The smile shows a more boastful side, which really seals the deal about how Zaroff is very proud.
  • Afterwards, Rainsford feels uncomfortable, and claims that he doesn't feel well. Zaroff says in response, "Ah, indeed?" However, it is how he says it: "the general inquired solicitously." The key word is solicitously, as it shows he has concern. This shows his business-like trait as he seems to care for his 'client' even though the extra assistance given to Rainsford would be superfluous.
  • Lastly, during Zaroff's hunt or Rainsford, he figures out he's hiding in the tree. Instead ending the story right then and there, the general just "walked carelessly away." When Rainsford realizes this moments after, he thinks, "The general was playing with him!" This confirms that the general is proud in his abilities (and proud overall), as this scene perfectly and clearly demonstrates how supercilious he is.
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