Symbolism In Tobias Wolff's Hunters In The Snow

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American novelist Tobias Wolff, in his short fiction story, “Hunters in the Snow,” strategically uses the cold, hostile setting of a snowy winter hunting trip to help center around oddly dark themes such as self-esteem, self-absorption, and overindulgence. The story is set in snowy, cold, miserable weather that makes it a struggle to even walk, shown by Tub having to trudge through the icy snow, “as the edge of the crust bruised his shins.” This battle against the weather relates to Tub’s battle against overindulgence, which effects the story by incorporating and symbolizing one of the key themes. This also symbolizes Tub’s self-esteem issues when battled against his hostile, cruel “friends.” The cold gradually becomes more of a problem throughout
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