Mary Maloney is waiting for her husband to come home from work.and has made everything just right, after he comes home Mary offers him supper be he refuses saying he needs to tell her something. Mary’s shock grows after his husband tells her that she will be leaving him.. She gets a frozen lamb leg from the freezer for “dinner”. Then, she swings the lamb leg at the back of his head instantly killing him. She pretends everything is normal as she comes back from the grocer and in “surprise” calls the police mentioning that her husband “Patrick” is dead. As they come and investigate they are confused but try to comfort Mary.
While Chris was adventuring out in the turran, the the river he crossed to get to the trailer (where he lives) started to get higher and was fericing flowing with water, making it impossible to cross. Chris started to run out of food and realized his simplicity might be the death of him, however, he did have a shotgun and a edible plants book and was able to carry on with eating meat he caught and plants he found. Sadly, even though Chris had a book of what not to eat and what to eat, he ‘misstepped’ and ate the wrong plant. A plant he thought was edible was actually a plant that would make it impossible for him to digest anything, furthing leading him to starve to death. Chris and the man were both simple men that travel into the
All the men were in the bunkhouse with Candy when Carlson brought up the idea to put Candy’s dog out of its “misery”. “At last Carlson said, “If you want me to I’ll put the old devil out of his misery right now and get it over with. Ain’t nothing left for him. (47). Candy’s dog who was once an spectacular sheep herder but is now toothless, horrible smelling and brittle from age supports Candy’s fears.
Kay storms back to the castle, mad at himself for making that mistake, and Wart stays to look for the hawk. Wart has to spend the night in the forest but soon the next he finds Merlyn, who looks extremely old. Wart did not know he was there, of course. Merlyn walks off into the forest and Wart follows, I think just because he does not have anything else to do and Merlyn seems kind. Merlyn is interesting, to say the least.
With Kenny in the back of the pick up truck on the road to the hospital, it is learned that Frank is thinking of leaving his wife for a 16 year old girl. Tub and Frank stop because they are cold and while leaving Kenny freezing and dying in the back of the pick-up truck Frank encourages Tub to eat 4 servings of pancakes! By the end of the story, no resolution has been attempted for Tubs glutenous habits, no reprimand is offered for Franks obsession with an underage girl, and no closure is given for a bleeding and weak, half frozen, Kenny in the back of a pick up truck. Throughout the story the typical reader feels sadness, sympathy, and, at times, outrage. According to notablebiographies.com Tobias Wolff “tries to treat his characters honestly once he has developed them”.
“What Happened During the Ice Storm” is at a superficial level a story about boys who, during an ice storm head outside to kill some pheasants for their supper, instead they feel sorry for the cold, frozen birds, and lend them their coats. However, by looking beneath the surface, we see Heynen conveying that the naivety of children needs to be removed in order to enable children to grow up which is a key element in pushing one 's moral boundaries. Heynen’s theme of overcoming naivety is portrayed though passing down traditions from father to son. During the storm the fathers went out “with clubs to harvest the pheasants that sat helplessly in the roadside ditches.” (1) The boys also went out in the “freezing rain” to also find some pheasants to ‘harvest’, but unlike the farmers they had brought no sacks or clubs nothing but themselves. When the other farmers clubbed the cold and helpless pheasants, the boys took a different approach at the situation at hand.
The short story Powder tells of the adventure of a father and his son battling obstacles to get home in time for Christmas Eve dinner. After a long day of skiing which the father insisted on, the duo began their trek home during a snowstorm only to be stopped by a trooper. The father and son were informed the road was closed. Reluctantly they headed to a nearby diner for burgers fearing that they may not make it home in time for dinner. Wolff and his father waited for the police officer to leave before taking advantage of the moment by heading out in the white night through the barricaded street.
In Tobias Wolff’s “Rich Brother”, Donald drives him and his brother named Pete to the woods and they stop in the middle of nowhere in the woods to talk. Donald leaves his brother Pete in the woods alone and forgets about him. When Donald goes to his house, his wife asks him where his brother was, but Donald didn’t tell her and only he knew where Pete was (pg. 375). Like in “Young Goodman Brown”, we can tell that the setting of the woods or forest has a big meaning on how it has a big impact on the characters.
The stories had drastically different end results, characters, symbols, and plot; however, no matter the differences between a story, stories can still share the same message. In the story Freezing by Peter Stark, the character finds danger as his car no longer works and he needs to travel the 6 mile distance to his friends. Extreme hypothermia sets in and he battles to make it. His friends find him near death and he manages to become revived. In the story To Build a Fire by Jack London, the main character embarks through the Yukon with his dog to meet “the boys”, but ultimately dies as a result of many setbacks and mistakes including hypothermia and ignorance of instinct.
They also are with Les and Elijah who are the quiet but mysterious misfits. Eventually, Mr. Gossell is so desperate he jumps out into the snow. No one knows if he made it. After a night spent at the school, they are a little worried, but still in a pretty good mood. They decide they want some food, so Les figured out how to blow out the cylinders to open the door to the cafeteria.