The Most Dangerous Game
Rainsford’s antagonist, General Zaroff is actually a vampire. This can go either way. Do I think he is a vampire, or do I not? For me the answer is simple. He is not a vampire, since a vampire is a mythical creature that did not exist. Unless we are talking about Vlad the Impaler, who was said to have killed around 75,000 people, and also enjoyed watching people die slow painful deaths, and the smell of blood. So my question to you is, can I convince you that General Zaroff is not a vampire?
First off, he is a hunter. There is a difference between hunter, and vampire. It does not say anywhere in the story that he drinks blood. What if he really just got tired of hunting animals? If you really think about it, hunting the same animal over and over again becomes less of a struggle. You know the animal’s weaknesses, what lures it in, and its pattern in getting away. Animals have no ability to reason, and we cannot understand them, but we can understand humans. Humans have the ability to reason, and they understand each other better than animal and man can. I am not saying that killing humans is OK because it is not, since it can be considered murder. What I am trying to say is that after years of hunting animals Zaroff got tired, and he did not want to lose his passion for hunting so he simply found a way to keep his passion from dying.
Secondly, just because General Zaroff can follow a difficult trail at night does not make him a vampire. Years of hunting makes it easier for people to follow a trail. Even a faint one can be found by someone who has hunted for years. Zaroff being able to find Rainsford’s trail in total darkness does not mean he could see. He probably felt his way around Also, after years of hunting most people develop a sense that they can feel when something is around them. Also, you cannot hunt an animal in broad daylight. They will see you coming and run off. At night, most animal senses are numb. They are...
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