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Who is the character General Zaroff?

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General Zaroff is the main antagonist in the classic short story "The Most Dangerous Game." Along with his servant Ivan, General Zaroff lives in the mysterious Ship-Trap island that is feared by seafarers in the story.

General Zaroff described himself as being a passionate hunter all his life. He played host to another renowned hunter, Sanger Rainsford, who swam his way to the island after falling off the yacht that was supposed to take him to Rio de Janeiro. The general revealed to Rainsford that he almost lost his passion for hunting until he found a way to make it more challenging by using human as game and that Rainsford is to be his next quarry.

"The Most Dangerous Game" was written by Richard Connel and it was published in 1924. The writer took inspiration for the story from the big game hunting fad that was popular during the era.

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