Richard Connell, our author, doesn't tell us exactly what happens at the end of the story-he gives us clues and forces us to make an inference. Peice it together- What happens at the end of the story?
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The last scene of the story can be read in several ways. The first, most literal interpretation involves Rainsford winning a night in Zaroff’s bed after defeating him. But a more metaphorical meaning can also be extracted from the text. In this case, Rainsford’s use of Zaroff’s bed could stand for his adoption of Zaroff’s role. He has been fundamentally changed by Zaroff’s game. Rainsford now understands what it means to be the hunted and to be a hunter of men.