The final plot twist in "Hunters in the Snow" comes in the last two sentences of the story.
Here the narrator speaks directly to the reader, giving us information the characters don’t know. How is this an appropriate conclusion to the story? What final statement is being made about the characters?
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"'I'm going to the hospital,' Kenny said. But he was wrong. They had taken a different turn a long way back." This ending of the story confirms our suspicions that Tub and Frank don't really care whether Kenny lives or dies. Our first clue is when the two men stop the first time to warm up. They leave Kenny in the cold truck and go in to eat, drink, and talk. When they start to tell each other secrets, we know the two of them are bonding, finally accomplishing what the hunting trip was supposed to accomplish. We know Tub and Frank don't care about Kenny at this point. After the two stop a second time, we realize that Kenny is going to die before they can get him to the hospital. What we don't know until the end is that they had headed the wrong direction from the hospital a long time ago, and they were never headed toward the hospital.
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