The short literary fiction Hunter's in the Snow, written by Tobias Wolff, is an interesting story depicting the life of three men who embark on a hunting journey that none shall forget. The story brings to mind a time not to long ago that seems simpler yet more complex then our urbanized state of living. Hunter's in the Snow is not simply a story written for the pure sake of entertainment purposes, but instead it is a literary form of fiction. It's written to show the reader something new and to teach us through fictional characters and scenes about the intricacies of life. More then that, the story delves into issues of morals and ethics, rights and wrongs- issues that are very real to us and provide dilemmas for the characters in the story. Hunter's in the Snow is not only a fictional slice of life, but it is also a story written from and about the life of its author Tobias Wolff- including details from his past for us to examine.
[...] Another impact that influenced his writing was his ability to lie. This may seem irrelevant but when reading Hunter's in the Snow you are encountered with an endless supply of lies: Frank and Kenny lying about when they were going to pick Tub up at the beginning, Frank deceiving his wife about his lust for the young girl, Tub lying about his supposed gland problem, Tub and Frank lying to Kenny about taking him to the hospital, the farmer lying about turning the porch light on. [...]
[...] But before Kenny could pull the trigger, Tub shoots off his rifle, hitting Kenny right in the stomach, knocking him over backwards. Frank just stood there stunned while Kenny started apologizing immediately, saying he was never going to shoot Tub. Meanwhile, Tub just keeps saying he shot him out of defense. That it wasn't his fault. Which could be a lie, but it isn't said in the story. Wolff is known for his lies and he even states that saying: was a liar when I was a kid. [...]
[...] The characters in Hunters in the Snow all have pieces of Wolff's identity of how he saw himself. Wolff stated, could say that all my characters are reflections of myself All of my stories are in one way or another autobiographical” (Biographical Essay 3). It is said that much of Wolff's work is “embellished or edited versions of his personal history” (Biographical Essay 3). While he never says it Wolff does seem himself in Tub, Frank and Kenny all at the same time. [...]
[...] Not only that, they seems to exclude him from walking with them in the forest. They make fun of him about his eating habits and even try driving off without him: “When Tub crossed the last fence into the toad the truck started moving. Tub had to run for it and just managed to grab hold of the tailgate and hoist himself into the bed. He lay there, panting. Kenny looked out the rear window and grinned” (Wolff 47). The qualities that these characters possess and their specific attitudes make you think that's there's an even deeper level to the writing- possibly stemming from Wolff's personal experiences. [...]
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