Tobias Wolff’s “ Hunters in the Snow” focuses on symbolism, “Imagery”, settings and atmosphere. Author Tobia Wolff ‘s short story includes three men with distinctive personalities, Tub, Kenny, and Frank, who want to hunt in the cold bitter weather. Tub had waited an hour with his rifle for Kenny and Frank to pick him up, ““Imagery”” and “Atmosphere” was shown on page 172. “ The fall of the snow thickened. ” “Tub stood below the overhang of a building. ” Across the road the clouds whitened just above the rooftops, and the streetlights went out.
Aggressive driver Kenny and passenger Frank picked Tub up, nearly grazing him. Kenny thought he was being funny. They are already to hit the road, but with an unsuitable car with a hole through it’s windshield. Stated on page 173 supports the “Setting”. ‘They left Spokane and drove into the country, running along black lines of fences. ’ Author Tobias Wolf conveys Tub character as sensitive. In the short story there had been hostility between Tub and Kenny about tub’s weight.
Franks character has secrets revealing he had an affair on his wife Nancy with a fifteen-year-old girl (The Baby-Sitter). As they go hunting “Imagery” is shown on page 173. “The cold bleached their faces and made the stubble stand out on their cheeks and along their upper lips”. On page 174 states “Setting” and ““Imagery”” of them in the woods. “They hunted for over two hours and saw no deer, no tracks, no sign”. “Imagery” is displayed again on page 174. “They left the woods and are hunting along the creek. ”
It became harder for Tub than it did for the others. “Tub quickened his pace breasting hard into the drifts, fighting away the snow with his knees and elbows. ” Frank and Kenny were ahead most of the time. Tub had trouble hearing them, that’s how far away they were. Kenny and Frank followed tracks in the woods that the deer had gone over the fence. Symbolism is shown on page 174. “A no hunting sign was nailed to the top of one of the posts. ” Tub was still behind and sat down and ate the other guy’s food. He made it to the last fence and saw the truck moving, he was able to grab hold of the tailgate and hoist himself to bed.
Kenny grinned. Suddenly Kenny went into a farmhouse to ask for permission to hunt because of the signs posted. On Page 175 states “Imagery”. “The house as old and paint was curling off the sides. ” “The smoke streamed westward off the top of the chimney, fanning away into a thin gray plume. ” Shortly after Kenny returns from the barn, the dog comes out and Kenny shoots it between the eyes killing it. Tub becomes confrontational as he saw what happened. Tub fired at Kenny’s stomach, which illustrates “Imagery” and “symbolism” on page 175. ”
Tub goes into the barn and finds out from the owner, that the dog was old and couldn’t chew anymore, thus he wanted the dog to be put out of his misery. The owner was unable to shoot his own dog even if he had a gun. Kenny repeats he wants to go to the hospital as he’s bleeding to death in the truck. His friends decide to keep warm and get something to eat at the Tavern, as they both get full. The end of this story was shocking showing more “Imagery” on page 182. ”I’m going to the hospital,” Kenny said. But he was wrong. They had taken a different turn a long way back”.
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