What Is "Hunters in the Snow" by Tobias Wolff About?


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"Hunters in the Snow" is a short story of about 5,000 words written by Tobias Wolff in 1981. The story focuses on the self-absorption and ineptitude of three hunters near Spokane, Washington.

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In the story, three men, Tub, Frank and Kenny, go deer hunting one winter day. Throughout the course of the story, the author shows the men as being careless and unconcerned about the effects of their actions. At one point, Tub shoots Kenny in the stomach after Kenny shots a dog, killing it. At first, it seems as if the men are going to take Kenny to a hospital. However, Tub and Frank get continually side tracked and end up heading in the opposite direction at the end of the story.

The ending of the tale implies that Kenny will not be getting the help he needs for his gunshot wound.

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