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The Dangerous Game
The story ‘The Dangerous Game’ plots around the hunters who have no feelings for the prey. For
them hunting is merely a game which provide them with satisfaction as they kill the wilder prey
like jaguars, lions etc. It starts with a man, Rainsford who is hardhearted hunter and takes
hunting as a pleasure. The conversation between Rainsford and Whitney depicts that Rainsford is
skeptic and thinks that prey (like animals) do not have feelings and killing them is ok. He
demonstrates the hierarchical relationship between the man and the beast that a man is supposed
to kill the animal by nature.
Many years of hunting experience makes Rainsford a beast from inside who is desensitized in
committing this violation. This rather encourages him to find more dangerous preys to hunt
which will further boost his confidence in hunting. This confidence may kill his internal
humanity that they are even ready to hunt those living beings that are not supposed to hunt
normally. One example of this is seen in the character of general Zaroff who after experiencing
so many years in hunting animals, is now seeking pleasure in hunting humans (we have seen in
the story that he tries to kill Rainsford).
Yes we can say that the author intended the story partly as an indictment of hunting or cruelty to
animals because as I stated in the above paragraph that the conversation between Rainsford and
Whitney depicts that Rainsford is skeptic and thinks that prey (like animals) do not have feelings
or thoughts and killing them is not a big deal. Later story demonstrates that Rainsford himself
becomes the prey of hunter general Zaroff who is expert in hunting the man. This means the
hunter i.e. Rainsford becomes the prey. This might be from God that he wants him to experience
what the jaguars or other animals’ feels or thought when they become a prey of his game. He is
in the place of jaguar in the story, about which he says, “Who cares how a jaguar feels?” Now

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the cruel hunter is Zaroff who is inhuman from inside, ignoring him what he feels or thought,
want to take his life at any cost to seek pleasure. His feelings have no meanings for him and his
life is in the hands of cruel person. We can say he is punished for what he has done inhuman
during hunting in past.

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