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Indefinable Motives Hunters in the Snow a compelling story gives readers the opportunity of exploring the authors pessimistic views while enjoying his humor An open-minded reader is likely to learn from the authors experiences Tobias Wolff leaves readers pondering as he not only chooses the most pessimistic turn of events but closes this writing with a dismal ending Wolffs works are often humorous and piercing exposes of hypocrisy his characters are generally failures people with unfulfilled hopes whose loneliness leads them to behave dishonorably Ross 445 The dishonorable behavior of his characters is no surprise to Wolff as he explains that he spends the time necessary to get to know them He has said in interviews that he needs time to get to know his characters but that the finished story no longer holds any surprises for himBranam 2505 For the reader the result is full of surprises insights humor and other line-by-line rewards particularly in character portrayal and style Branam 2505 The questionable motives and misunderstandings of the characters are reflections of Tobias Wolffs style There are several instances that leave the reader searching for reason and motive Does Tub shoot Kenny in fear or because of a sudden outburst Kenny caused from taunting him all day On the way to the hospital Tub and Frank take their time and even leave Kenny in the back of the truck bed freezing to death with a gun shot wound to his abdomen The last action in the story is about Frank taking a different turn away from the hospital the opposite direction they are supposed to be traveling In this case Kenny never arrives at the hospital Was Kenny given a fair chance to live or were Frank and Tub thoughtless in their actions The questionable characters and events that occur in this story are easily related to Tobias Wolffs style Most events could have followed an alternate optimistic course which for most writers would
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