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Character Role Analysis

Rainie and Billy

Rainie may be similar to Billy in his love of hunting, but that's about it. Rainie's lack of sense and compassion highlight just how unique Billy is in his disciplined and hard working manner. Think about it: when Rubin falls on the ax, what does Rainie do? Runs off screaming into the night. What does Billy do? Fight through his fear and nausea to pull it out.