General Zaroff is uncivilized because he thinks that it is fair and ordinary to kill other humans for his own pleasure. The text shows that he is uncivilized when he replies to Rainsford’s comment about murder and says, “Life is for the strong, and if needs be, taken by the strong” (Connell 14). When Zaroff says that life is for the strong, it reveals that he is a very selfish person who doesn’t care about others. It reveals his perspective on the world. It also shows that General Zaroff is a very one-sided person. Another example that proves that General Zaroff is uncivilized is when he comments
General Zaroff died in the book, The Most Dangerous Game, because he killed people. When he started killing people he thought nothing of it. All he thought was that he was going to keep winning the game, he never thought he was going to die. He was one hundred percent confident that he was going to kill Rainsford when he was hunting him in the woods. He is the reason for his own downfall. He waited to kill him for sport, when he could have just done it when he first came to the island.
General Zaroff definitely has a charm for manipulating people to stay with him, on his island. For example, when Rainsford first arrived on the island the general was very welcoming to him as he said, “It is a very great pleasure and honor to welcome Mr. Sanger Rainsford, the celebrated hunter to my home.” Meaning he already knew of Rainsford and his hunting skills. He made sure Rainsford had only the finest items, and everything he wanted. On page 60 Zaroff says “Now you want clothes, food, rest. You shall have them.” If Rainsford needed anything Zaroff was right there to give it to him, and make sure he felt right at home. Every night they had a nice dinner and expensive wine, and Zaroff always made conversation about Rainsford, so he could
No family or friends of Zaroff are mentioned, and the only emotion he shows in the story is when his doorkeeper, Ivan, is killed by Rainsford. This seems to indicate that Zaroff has no emotional ties to anyone, and puts himself first (Connell’s The Most Dangerous Game).
General Zaroff constantly appears all throughout the story, whether it is in what he says, or the activities he depicts, that he has an exceptionally unsteady personality and is to some degree a psycho. For instance, towards the end of the extensive discussion between General Zaroff and Rainsford, General Zaroff says, "I chase the filth of the earth-mariners from tramp ships, lascars, blacks, chinese, and crossbreeds." (pg.
General Zaroff is killed by Rainsford. Zaroff was killed by Rainsford because Zaroff had killed people for fun. Since General Zaroff did killed humans, karma came back around and he was killed. When Zaroff was hunting for Rainsford, Rainsford sets up a trap and it kills Ivan, Zaroff’s only friend. General Zaroff has killed humans that have their own friends and family. Ivan was taken away from General Zaroff as a sign of karma. While Zaroff is looking to kill Rainsford, Zaroff doesn’t know that Rainsford had a trap set up to kill Zaroff. When General Zaroff realized that he had been set up for a trap, he quickly moved out of the way. Even though Zaroff moved out of the way, the trap still hurt his shoulder. Zaroff had hurt other people during the past games that he had played, so he got hurt playing the game. General Zaroff has learned that what goes around, comes
General Zaroff is similar to Rainsford because they are both Dangerous, and Zaroff shows this in the story because he has hunted a lot. This is seen in the story when it says, “God makes some men poets, Some he makes king, some beggars, Me he made a hunter.” (Page 48). He was born with a gift for hunting. However, Zaroff is different from Rainsford because he is militaristic, which he shows through his past and his looks. An example of this is seen in the story, which states “I went into the military… and for a time commanded a division of Cossack cavalry” (Page 44). He was able to lead a division of the military. Zaroff is also different since he can be described as self-justified, because he is okay with hunting people. In the text, this is shown when it says, “Life is for the strong, to be lived by the strong, and, if needs be, taken by the strong.” (Page 49). He feels that is someone can’t beat them they don’t need to be living. Zaroff and Rainsford may both be dangerous, but the fact that Zaroff is self-Justified and Militaristic make him a completely different kind of
One reason that I think that General Zaroff is a villain is that of his cruel actions against other people. General Zaroff tells Rainsford that he has the best animal to hunt and it “ supplies me with the most exciting hunting in the world” (Connell page 11). When Rainsford hears this, he thinks of an animal that cannot be found anywhere
General Zaroff was Evil, Selfish, Challenger. General Zaroff is evil because he is killing humans for him. And also in text it said that he is devil. In the text it say, “Even so zealous a hunter as General Zaroff could not trace him there, he told himself; only the devil himself could follow that complicated trail throngle after dark. But perhaps the general was a devil (Page 12)." He is selfish because he is kills humans for him. Hunting was beginning to bore me! And hunting, remember, had been my life. I have heard that in America businessmen often go to pieces when they give up the business that has been their life (Page:6)." He is challenger because he had killed many animals and now he is killing humans. The general smiled. "No," he said.
It is in these actions that the character’s traits are established. It is in this that we, the readers, get to “see” what kind of character thee people are: friendly, sad, nosey, love-struck, adventurous, etc. When we discuss characters in literature, poetry, and even film, we often describe them in terms of their character traits, descriptive adjectives that define the specific qualities of the character. The author/ poet/ director may present this directly, but often times, they show us this in action. Our job as readers/ viewers is to draw conclusions about the character’s traits (infer them). Below is a list of ways we can determine the traits of the character we are studying:
Only, this isn’t fantasy. Zaroff is not a character from a book. He is alive and well. This is real life. And the General’s existence is a crime and should have consequences for it’s actions.
The first example of this would be I always try to be honest with everyone including myself. I think it’s important not to be dishonest because you lose people’s trust, and you become unreliable. This is not what I would consider a good quality in a person. Another example of my character; is being someone who everyone can rely on and come to when they need advice or help with school, family, friends or etc. This is a very important because its significant to be able to have someone you can rely on at all times. The last example of my character is having flexibility in my life. For example when I was needed to change my position on my team I did so with ease and being a team player. Theses are a few ways I have demonstrated character through out my high school
When Rainsford stumbles upon General Zaroff’s mansion, he is welcomed with clean clothes and fresh food. “‘Now you want clothes, food, rest. You shall have them ... I was about to have my dinner when you came. I’ll wait for you. You’ll find that my clothes will fit you, I think.’”(Connell 4) According to this quote, General Zaroff welcomes Rainsford into his home warmly and offers him fancy clothes, hot food, and a cozy bed to sleep in. General Zaroff tries to make a good first impression on him by being kind and acting civilized around him to lure him into a false sense of security. After General Zaroff says he hunts humans, Rainsford becomes wary of him. “‘And now,’ said the general, 'I want to show you my new collection of heads. Will you
General Zaroff is clearly not under control with his hunting habits. General Zaroff creates for himself, a dangerous hunting game. More dangerous than all the rest, an animal can reason and feel.This animal is a human. The general has gone over the edge. By following his instincts and making his desires reality, general Zaroff now has access to this dangerous game. He hunts and kills them with a pistol, disregards their feelings, and treats them like animals. Some people, such as Rainsford, have decided that obeying the law and sticking to the principles is better than following nature. Rainsford says,“Thank you, I'm a hunter not a murderer.” Rainsford chooses to be civil and lawful. Rainsford quite obviously has more control over his actions than the general. The general gives into his dark side and gives into his guilty desire to hunt animal that has reason, courage, and cunningness. Rainsford chooses not to because he knows wrong from right. But perhaps, when dealing with your human nature you must succumb to your darkest
We try to be civilized here’”(Connell 75).He considers electricity a sign of civilization even though he uses it to lure ships to the rocks so he may capture the sailors. His idea of civilization may not match a more normal person’s ideas. When Rainsford objects, Zaroff protests.“ ‘[…]That would be barbarous. I treat these visitors with every consideration. They get plenty of good food and exercise[…]splendid physical condition’” (Connell 76).Zaroff uses a euphemism to describe his prisoners and claims that treating them well is a mark of a civilized man. He treats them well so that they will be healthy, well trained, and more challenging to hunt. Zaroff claims to be civilized, but the reality is quite different from Zaroff’s assertions.