How does characterization dominate Pam Houston's short story, "How to Talk to a Hunter?"

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Characterization dominate Pam Houston's short story, "How to Talk to a Hunter?" in several ways.

The first is that the second person narration is created to make a psychological portrait of the narrator in a way the makes female readers understand that the character is not just that of the narrator but of ourselves, and of everywoman.

The differences in male and female language and understanding in the story are not part of a plot that progresses – the relationship has neither beginning nor end in the story but just continues on unsatisfactorily. Instead, the point of the story is how the character interactions reveal something about gender.

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