"How to Talk to a Hunter", Relationships and Stereotypes
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This paper briefly examines how Pam Houston's "How to Talk to a Hunter" is rife with stereotypical ideas about women, men, and how they interact while in a relationship. The paper further discusses how Houston gives us a very interesting look at the thought process of women when they are in unfulfilling and needy relationships. The paper looks at how the friends - one male and one female - offer their own insight into the woman's relationship throughout the story and how the insight is almost always divergent. While the woman comes off as incredibly insecure in the relationship, the hunter does nothing to help her feel more secure in the relationship.
From the Paper:"The hunter is a sort of an enigma to her and this is probably what keeps her so intrigued and in need of his "love." She doesn't understand his musical tastes or why he gives money to Republicans. She doesn't really know all that much about him, but she is willing to leave her dog alone at her home in order to be with him. The fact that she gives up so much of herself is something that she is aware of. She knows that her independence is at stake. She mentions that he "lures" her out of a "careful independence" she "spent months cultivating." This is another stereotype of women. They give everything to relationships that aren't even that fulfilling because they are so afraid of being alone. When he leaves her the chocolates after being with the coyote woman for a night, her best female friends asks her why she thought that this man - of all men - would be able to live outside his gender. She asks her what she finds so appealing about this man? The male friend, on the other hand, tells her that the chocolates are a very good sign."
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"How to Talk to a Hunter", Relationships and Stereotypes (2013, June 04) Retrieved January 17, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/how-to-talk-to-a-hunter-relationships-and-stereotypes-153451/
""How to Talk to a Hunter", Relationships and Stereotypes" 04 June 2013. Web. 17 January. 2021. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/how-to-talk-to-a-hunter-relationships-and-stereotypes-153451/>