Have you ever been plunged into a book, where your emotions are being drug around into real world problems, enabling you to understand life’s difficulties and empathize with others? According to “Perrine’s Literature Structure, Sound & Sense” by Greg Johnson, Thomas Arp, and Laurence Perrine, this is exactly what literary fiction does. “Literary fiction, however, is written by someone with serious artistic intentions who hopes to broaden, deepen and sharpen the reader’s awareness of life (Johnson).” Literary fiction can be observed through the story “Hunters in the Snow” by Tobias Wolff, as the text is throwing your emotions around through suspense, revealing new information that makes you second guess who the protagonist and antagonist of the story really are.
“The Hunters in the Snow” is a short story about 3 men, a hunting trip and their journey through life. The book starts with a scene of Kenny and Frank picking up Tub, after Tub had waited almost an hour, and Kenny nearly ran Tub over. This is the first example we see of Kenny being irresponsible and possibly our antagonist of the story. The three men gain permission to hunt on a farmer’s property. The hunt was unsuccessful, as the men come back towards the farm house, Kenny declared he did not like a farm post, and shot it, as well as a tree he didn’t like. Kenny then said he didn’t like the farm dog, so he shot the dog. Kenny also said he didn’t like Tub, Tub fearing shot Kenny in the stomach. Once they got to the farm house to ask for help, the older farm man said he asked Kenny to shoot the dog as the dog had been sick. From this point, the book is about the journey these men take getting Kenny to th...
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...t. I sided with Tub throughout the entire story, and though Kenny was the bad guy. My family likes to hunt, and is obese, so this story hit home!
Literary fiction attempts to expand, deepen and sharpen a reader’s attentiveness of life by giving the reader a story, so realistic, they can relate to and empathize with characters. In “The Hunters in the Snow” by Tobias Wolff, three men go hunting, and as all three men are going through their own personal troubles, the reader’s emotions are drug around, making this story the perfect example of literary fiction. In this story, Tub is the protagonist, and deals with many weight problems throughout the story and Kenny is the antagonist, instigating problems between himself and Tub, and ends up getting shot in the stomach. This story displays much suspense, making the story an interesting literary fiction short story.
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