The short story “The Death of Tommy Grimes” (1962) is written by R.J. Meaddough is a story about a 12-year-old boy Tommy Grimes. He is in the forest with his dad to go hunt.
He has been hunting with his father before but at that time he was unable to shoot his goal. Tommy looking up to his father so this time he doesn't want to disappoint him.
The short story is told by a third-person narrator, who uses the perspective of Tommy. The narrator adopts Tommy’s perspective throughout the story, following his thoughts and reactions.
The story opens in medias res with Tommy’s perspective of the hunting trip: “Tommy had become part of the ground. At least he felt that way as he watched the dew and the daylight make giant shiny cobwebs of the treetops” (p. 1, L. 1-2).
Tommy’s perspective is also used during flashbacks: “It started so long ago, Tommy remembered, almost a year, when he was just eleven” (p. 1, L. 8).