The Most Dangerous Game

Why did Connell make Rainsford an American and Zaroff a Cossack? Is there a political message to this story?

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Richard Connell was an American author. The protagonist, during the time it was written, naturally had to be an American. This is an escape adventure story so a perfect American hero is needed for an American audience. He also needed an antagonist that was exotic and strange. Zaroff the Cossack seemed to fit the bill.