Hunters in the Snow
English Composition 1102
Fiction Writing Assignment
Chapter 1 – “Hunters in the Snow”
1. Discuss the way Tub is presented in the opening scene. Does your assessment of his character change in the later scenes?
The character of Tub was presented in the opening scene as someone who would not stand up for himself and was willing to be ridiculed and made fun of to be part of a group. He allowed his friends to take advantage of him by making him wait over an hour in the cold and snow, accepting this behavior without even an apology. Tub was a character with low self esteem and was embarrassed of his weight, which allows him to make excuses and lie to everyone. The assessment of Tub did not change at the end of the story. He was still the same character as in the beginning. He moved up in his position as friend to Frank which made him feel better, but at the expense of Kenny’s health. Tub still had low self esteem, but he ended up acting as selfish as Frank.
Chapter 2 – “How I Met My Husband”
4. Is Edie a sympathetic character? How does her status as “the hired girl” affect the way you respond to her as a reader? Edie was a sympathetic character. Her self-described title “the hired girl” affects the reader’s response as it portrays her with low self esteem. She comes across as not fitting in because she was not in the same social standing as Dr. and Mrs. Peebles. The reader becomes sympathetic with Edie compared to the other characters due to her being a simple girl, humble and naïve. Edie’s status as the “hired girl” makes the reader respond more affectionately towards her. She comes across as very relatable, someone who was not as confident or poised as Mrs. Peebles, but as the reader continues through the story, they realize how strong and capable Edie had become.
Chapter 2 – “Eveline”
3. At just about the middle of the story (end of paragraph 9), Eveline sums up her life in Dublin. “It was hard work-a hard life-but now that she was about to