General Zaroff is the main antagonist in the classic short story "The Most Dangerous Game." Along with his servant Ivan, General Zaroff lives in the mysterious Ship-Trap island that is feared by seafarers in the story.Continue Reading
General Zaroff described himself as being a passionate hunter all his life. He played host to another renowned hunter, Sanger Rainsford, who swam his way to the island after falling off the yacht that was supposed to take him to Rio de Janeiro. The general revealed to Rainsford that he almost lost his passion for hunting until he found a way to make it more challenging by using human as game and that Rainsford is to be his next quarry.
"The Most Dangerous Game" was written by Richard Connel and it was published in 1924. The writer took inspiration for the story from the big game hunting fad that was popular during the era.Learn more about Fiction
In classical and traditional literature, the protagonist is the main character of the story while the antagonist is the character or group of characters who oppose the protagonist. Both words come from the Greek language, "protagonist" means first combatant, and "antagonist" means opponent or competitor. In the simplest terms, the antagonist is the bad guy to the protagonist's good guy.Full Answer >
An antagonist is a character that provides opposition to the protagonist, or main character, in a story. This character or group of characters creates conflict for the main character.Full Answer >
The main character of Lafcadia Hearn's short story "The Soul of the Great Bell" is Ko-Ngai, the daughter of a Chinese official. She sacrifices herself to save her father's life.Full Answer >
The falling action of "The Most Dangerous Game" involves the consummation of an ongoing game where Sanger Rainsford is being hunted like big game in an island jungle by General Zaroff, an aristocratic Cossack. After surviving more than a day as quarry, Rainsford is backed up against a cliff and jumps into the sea. He swims around the island and sneaks inside Zaroff's chateau for their final confrontation.Full Answer >