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What is the conflict in the "Hunters in the Snow?"

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The conflict in "Hunters in the Snow" exists between three friends. Frank, Tub, and Kenny are all fundamentally disconnected from each other because all of them are holding back the truth of their character. Though the extent of his crime isn't specified, Frank is implied to be a pedophile, and Tub pretends to be on a diet and then overeats fatty foods in secret.

While no specific secret is ever attributed to Kenny, his tendency to deliberately antagonize people for his entertainment seems to belie some sort of devastating internal conflict. This is perhaps some sort of depression, as one of the most telling moments of Kenny's character is when he starts listing things he "hates" and shooting them, culminating with the farmers dog. Kenny was told by the farmer to shoot the already dying dog, and simply didn't tell Frank and Tub as a sick joke. There is, however, a certain sadness in his actions. He may truly feel that he hates everything.

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