We’re thinking it’s more like man vs. the natural world in “The Most Dangerous Game.” After all, our main characters, Rainsford and Zaroff, basically see the natural world as something to be contained, controlled, opposed, and killed. Rainsford asserts his firm belief that animals do not experience fear and are just out there to be hunted by man.
General Zaroff takes it a few steps further, believing in a hierarchy of dangerous game animals, with the Cape Buffalo at the top. But Zaroff is too good a hunter for this game, and even the Cape Buffalo is an easy target. At this point, we take it one step further to man vs. man in the natural world. Because, hey, the natural world is just a sitting target to Zaroff.
Zaroff pits himself against the natural world by hunting animals, but he also uses nature (in the form of a jungle maze and a pack of dogs) to win, so it’s not like he is doing it all on his own.
Rainsford very cleverly uses nature to his advantage by enlisting trees and branches to create traps. He may not have succeeded if he had tried to survive by weapons alone.