Hunters in the Snow” is written in the third person objective point of view.
This short story describes Kenny, Tub, and Frank’s disastrous hunting trip. The point of view of this story is third person objective. This point of view is usually reserved for nonfiction, but it can be found in fiction too. Third person involves a point of view where the narrator is not one of the characters. You can tell this because third person pronouns and names are used to tell the story. Third person pronouns are pronouns like he, she, they, and theirs. The difference between first person and third person is that in first person point of view, the narrator is the main character and uses pronouns like I and my to refer to himself. You know his thoughts and feelings, and only his. In third person limited point of view you know the thoughts and feelings of only one character. If you have third person omniscient point of view, you have an omniscient narrator and you know the thoughts and feelings of all of the characters. When you have an objective narrator, on the other hand, you don’t know what anyone is thinking. The narrator is completely neutral and uninvolved in characters’ thoughts.
Tub stood by the fence for a while and then got the rifles off the porch. Frank had rolled Kenny back onto the boards and they lifted him into the bed of the truck. Frank spread the seat blankets over him. "Warm enough?" he asked.
The result of the objective voice is that the reader becomes very distant from all of the characters, like watching a movie without a sound track to create mood. The emotion is there, but it comes from the events and the descriptions. Everything is stark and harsh. The characters and everything that happens to them are very real. Just because there is no narrator interfering does not mean there is no mood. In fact, the writing is very descriptive.
The bullet went in between the dog’s eyes. He sank right down into the snow, his legs splayed out...
Please join StudyMode to read the full document