Rainsford falls off the yacht and swims to the island. The island symbolizes the human mind (good vs. evil) and society. The point of view throughout the whole story is 3rd person limited, we only see in Rainsford's mind. There is Man vs. Nature conflict here because this is when Rainsford gets stranded on the island.
Rainsford meets Zaroff and Ivan.
Rainsford finds out Zaroff hunts humans and his game starts. Symbolism- Zaroff represents cruelty and violence, and a theme about him is appearance vs. reality he looked civilized in the beginning, but ended up being cruel and violent. He also kills for pleasure, that shows that humans can be just as uncivilized as animals, if not more.
Ivan gets killed by Rainsford's knife trap.
Rainsford jumps into the sea. When Rainsford jumps into the sea, the tone takes a turn for suspense because we don't know what will happen to him.
Rainsford wins the game and is found sleeping in Zaroff's bedroom. Zaroff is fed to the dogs. Here the Man vs. Man conflict between Zaroff and Rainsford resolves when Rainsford kills Zaroff.