Ultimate Downfall Essay

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Jordan Valenti Ms. Joan Hazzard English Composition II 10/30/12 Ultimate Downfall The short story “Hunters in the Snow” by Tobias Wolff is one of deception, personal weaknesses, and distorted friendships. Three friends Tub, Kenny, and Frank go through their own separate battles with each other that validate their true feelings for one another. The protagonist of the story could be either or all of the three. Throughout the story certain events characterize each person and their relationships with each other that cause them to get uncomfortable and admit things that they normally would not. I feel that the human race has become too egotistical, inconsiderate, and self-centered which is what Tobias Wolff was trying to convey when writing this story. The story begins with the three friends on their hunting trip that they have regularly been going on for the past two years. Kenny and Frank are picking up Tub on the side of the road on a cold, snowy night in Spokane, Washington. The story immediately starts off with Kenny and Frank antagonizing Tub by almost running him over in an old, beat up pick-up truck that had a brick thrown through the windshield by some juvenile delinquents previously. Tub has to jump out of the way as the truck violently barrels onto the sidewalk. Kenny and Frank treated this as a joke and laughed at Tub’s humiliation at the expense of his wellbeing. This act fed into Kenny’s need for attention, as well as his self-absorbed nature. When Tub says “You could’ve killed me”, Frank even responds “Come on Tub, be mellow. Kenny was only messing around”. Though these three hunters are such close friends, they feel the need to antagonize each other to validate their egos. Kenny knows how much Tub is bothered by his body image. His taunting is enough for Tub to fabricate that he has a thyroid condition to justify his weight. Tub internalizes

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