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What are three symbols in "Hunters in the Snow?"

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Tobias Wolffe's "Hunters in the Snow" is written entirely from the third-person objective point of view, with no insight into the thoughts or feelings of its three main characters. Everything "observed" by the reader can therefore be considered symbolic in some way, as we can only judge the internal workings of the characters' minds by the external elements with which they interact. These elements include the weather, the truck, the dog, the farmer and his wife, the guns, the tavern, and the restaurant, among others. Consider each element, where it appears in the story, and how it influences the characters' decisions.

The truck , for instance, carries Tub, Frank and Kenny from the city into the wilderness, where an awful confrontation occurs which changes them all. The truck then carries the three men back to the city. The truck is thus a delivery method which brings the men to a place of personal transformation, and then returns them to civilization afterwards. Does the truck perhaps...

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