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While the three main characters share the spotlight in "Hunter's in the Snow," Tub is primarily our main character, and thus, our protagonist. The protagonist is the character with whom the reader most identifies and learns the most about his or her development.
We first meet Tub as he stands on the corner waiting for his friends to arrive. We see the most development of his character; for example, we know he has a weight problem of his own making which he blames on glands. We witness his abuse at the hands of his so-called friend Kenny. The reader feels sorry for Tub and possibly identifies with him. Later, we watch him grow from allowing himself to be a pushover to taking charge of his abusive friend Kenny. We see his mindset change as he develops a bond with Frank. Finally, the reader tends to forgive his ambivalent attitude towards Kenny's impending death. The ironic tragic situation is not Tub's fault.
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