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Which of these were big-game hunters?
Sanger Rainsford: He is an American big-game hunter and author who saw action in France in the First World War. He exhibits no pity or sympathy for the animals that he hunts. [ Ironically, he himself becomes a hunted animal after he arrives on a mysterious island. Rainsford is the protagonist, or the main character of this story. Whether his experience on the island changes his attitude toward
hunted animals is open to question.
General Zaroff: Russian big-game hunter from an aristocratic family in the Crimea, a Ukraine peninsula that was part of Russia until recent times. Zaroff is bored with killing typical game such as tigers, elephants, and water buffalo. Instead, he hunts the ultimate trophy animal: man. Zaroff, a Cossack, commanded a cavalry division in the Russian army until the Bolsheviks revolted in 1917 and installed a communist government that abolished aristocracy and the class system. Zaroff went off then and established a new world for himself on a remote Caribbean island. There he maintains his aristocratic lifestyle in his palatial home while pursuing his barbaric hobby. One might call him a civilized savage.
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