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In the short story entitled The Buck written by Joyce Carol Oates we are introduced to two quite interesting characters namely Melanie Snyder and Wayne Woody Kunz These two characters both struggle with different aspects of their personal lives in Wayne Kunzs case he is in constant battle with his manhood whereas Melanie Snyder has somewhat renounced her femininity Her very appearance when we first see her in the story is quite strange because she is seen dressed in her brothers clothes which mask her feminine side Both of these characters in this story are representative of many persons today whose identities remain latent for a part or even all of their lives Some are able to be reconciled to their true selves but others are never able to fully reclaim their lives Oates suggests that this story bears witness to the dark complexities of nature especially the human nature 131 At the very beginning we are told of the death of a buck and the bravery of the old woman Melanie Snyder who tried to prevent its death There is something quite mysterious about this old woman even at the first mention of her name This mystery is evident in the narrators brief description about this womans past From this description we realize that this woman is in a constant battle with her femininity The most important piece of information that is given to the reader is that Melanie Snyder is a spinster who has dedicated the rest of her life to the preservation of the forest in which she lives We realize as the story progresses that Melanie Snyders femininity is latent because of the hurt she sustained during her relationship with her fianc As the story progresses we are introduced to another character Wayne Kunz who we later learn is the quintessential character who will cause the turning of the tide in this novel The narrator gives us a clear description of
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