Tobias Wolff’s “Hunters in the Snow” is a suspense type of story, with an unexpected turn in the end, while William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” could far into the horror genre, because of the baffling atmosphere. These two short stories have similar focuses on symbolism, foreshadowing, settings, atmosphere, and themes; with this in mind they also have many differences such as the writer’s style.
The two stories start out with describing the settings, the shivering cold winter wonderland of “Hunters in the Snow”, and the old musty, gothic style house in “A Rose for Emily.” Wolff and Faulkner both used the settings as symbolizes, which also help set up their story’s atmospheres. For example, the snowy weather in “Hunters in the Snow” symbolizes the cold distance of the three men’s so-called “friendship” coming to an end, while, the changes of the Grierson’s house could symbolize how Emily had changed, since her father’s death. How Faulkner describes the way the house and Emily’s hair changed throughout the story symbolizes the way Emily became stubborn and careless after her father’s death.
Both of the story’s beginnings include foreshadowing of their unforeseen endings. For “Hunters in the Snow” one of this foreshadows was after Kenny mocks Frank about his crush on the babysitter that Frank threatened Kenny by saying,” You’re asking for it,” which foreshadowed Kenny’s unanticipated death. For “A Rose for Emily” the opening paragraph describing the house as a “fallen monument,” and the town going to Emily’s funeral was foreshadowing Emily’s digression.
Another, similarity these two stories have with each other is their themes. They shared powerful themes, such as how control can affect a person, and the insecurities one may have. In “Hunters in the Snow,” the theme control was used on Tub by utilizing his insecurities against him. Kenny controlled Tub in order to have fun, and Frank controlled Tub to get him to do his dirty work for him. In “A Rose for Emily” the theme control was portrayed by how Emily’s father would only expect the best for the Grierson’s family, and would chase off optional husbands away from Emily, because he thought no one was good enough for her.
Even though these stories have a lot in common, there are many differences, such as...