How does the author make the reader sympathize with Rainsford? How could Connell have written the story to have readers identify instead with General Zaroff?
After the hunt, do you think Rainsford will become more like General Zaroff? Why or why not?
When General Zaroff explains his love of hunting to Rainsford, he makes several racist statements. Do you think he does so because of the era in which he lives? Do you think Zaroff's racism reflects the author's own beliefs?
What are the two possible meanings of the title?
What do you think happens to Sanger Rainsford after we’ve left the story?
Discuss the various ways that the color red is used to set a mood in the story. How does such visual language add to the development of the setting?
How does the short dialogue with Whitney at the beginning of the story foreshadow (förebåda, förespå) the main conflict of the story?Identify holes in the plot, where the plot jumps in time. Does it undercut the story, add interest to it, or have little effect on it?Is there good and bad in the story? Why, why not?
Do you think Rainsford learned/changed anything in the story? Why, why not?
Who is the hunter and who is the prey? Elaborate? In the story, Rainsford tells Whitney “Life is for the strong to be lived by the strong and, if needs be, taken by the strong.” His words reflect the theory of Social Darwinism, a philosophy that applied Charles Darwin’s ideas about natural selection to immediate issues in human society. Research this social theory, noting the years in which it emerged, its chief proponents, and the social issues it attempted to address