"Hunters in the Snow" by Tobias Wolff

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 10:24 PM Posted by Emily Looney
The purpose of the scene in which Frank and Tub stop at a tavern for food and coffee shows how unsympathetic they are to their "friend" who is dying because Tub just shot him. Kenny is a hard character to figure out because he randomly shoots this dog and then points his gun to Tub, which in turn freaks Tub out so he shoots Kenny before he himself gets shot. Pretty valid thought to me, but at the same time it was a pretty rash decision.

The friendship these three share is very superficial yet realistic. The two guys who are better friends pick on the third one because he is fat and they don't like him as much. They even keep secrets that they don't share with the third one, such as Frank's relationship with the young babysitter that he does not inform Tub of until after Kenny was shot. It is important for Tub and Frank to have the heart to heart they share in the tavern because it is their catharsis in which they express their problems that have been hindering them. On the other hand, they could have gotten Kenny to the hospital first and had their heart to heart just as easily in the waiting room while Kenny received medical care.

This scene shows that Tub and Frank care more about themselves and their problems than their best friend dying. I'm pretty sure I would be freaking out and rushing to the hospital as fast as my car could drive to get my dying friend the medical help he or she needed. I think this scene shows how fragile their relationship was as friends. They were very willing to make fun of one another and ignore one another's feelings to the point of taking a wrong turn and letting someone die. I sure am glad they're not my friends...

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