In the story “Killings” written by Andre Dubus Matt Fowlers son is killed by Richard Strout. Matt Fowler feels that his actions are justified for killing Richard. Matt Fowlers actions do not make him a bad person. In the story “Killings” when Matt kills Richard for killing his son he feels no remorse. Matt does not feel guilty for killing Richard and he shouldn’t him and his wife need peace of mind and they could not have it with the man that killed their son just walking around town.
Affairs affect people in different ways, but no one could imagine an affair destroying their ability to psychologically function. The “killings” by Andre Dubus is a shocking story about a killer named Richard who murders frank the man having an affair with his wife, who is his pride and joy. Riveted with murder and passion the author revels the characteristics of Richard Strout’s in the “killings” as a psychological obsessive and controlling person; these traits effect his emotions and behaviors throughout the story.
“Killings” written by Andre Dubus is focused on the main character and protagonist Matt Fowler. Matt is the father of three known children in the story, Cathleen, Steve, and his youngest, Frank. Matt had his children with his wife and business partner Ruth Fowler. In the beginning of the story Matt is laying his youngest son, Frank, to rest in the cemetery after he was brutally murdered by the story’s main antagonist, Richard Strout. At the time of his death, Frank was in school and majoring in economics (63) and had a very bright future ahead of him, after all, he was only twenty eight years old.
The Worst Crime: Matt’s or Richard’s “Killings”, written by Andre Dubus, illustrates how the death of a loved one may lead to dire consequences for all the parties included. Matt Fowler’s son, Frank, was murdered in cold blood by a jealous soon-to-be ex-husband, Richard Strout. When the death of Frank sunk into the lives of the Fowler’s, Matt believed he had to retaliate in some sort of fashion. The sort of fashion he chose was to seek revenge and kill Richard for his wrongdoings, which he did. Some people believe that the murder committed by Richard Strout can be considered more serious because of his act of passion and his lackadaisical style of living without worrying about his future.
Crime happens around the world each day. Whether rits murder, rape, theft its a crime and should be looked at as breaking the law. In the short story, “Killings” written by Andre Dubus a boy who goes by the name Frank is murdered. His murderers name is Richard Strout. While awaiting trial Frank 's father Matt Fowler decides to give Mr.Strout a punishment he felt was necessary.
He can’t imagine knowing the man that raped his mother was living around his town like nothing has happened. He can see what Linden took from his mother, her compassion and way of life. He doesn’t want to his mother to live her life in fear and the only thing he can think about is killing the attacker. It is sad though
The death of a loved one or a family member can be very traumatic for a family. More often than not, the family of the loved one who passed is left distraught, confused as to why this happened. This confusion, like the confusion Mattie Ross goes through in True Grit by Charles Portis when her father is murdered, leads to revenge and violence. This revenge and violence, even though it is bad, is seen as valid by the person avenging the death of their loved one. It’s seen as giving an eye for an eye.
Everyone has feelings, whether or not they choose to express them, is their own choice. People all around the world have done something to be ashamed about; others just hide the pain deep down inside for a while until it slowly catches up with them. In the story “Killings” by Andre Dubus, the main character Matt Fowler has gone through a tragic event in his life: his son was murdered. Matt chose to let the guilt build up inside of him until he snapped. When it all finally built up, he murdered the man that killed his son.
Matt’s relationships during his travels are greatly impacted by loyalty. Matt’s relationship with El Patrón drastically changes when he finds out he has been lying to him. Matt starts to realize that El Patrón only wants him for his organs and an everlasting life. When Matt first comprehends that El Patrón only wanted his organs, he thinks, “I didn’t understand. I didn’t want to understand” (Farmer 230).
The emotional struggles prove that he wants to believe Steve is not guilty, but struggles to do so. Moreover, his father finds it difficult to remain optimistic during the proceedings. As Steve and his father continue to talk, Steve searches for the look of “reassurance he has always seen” in his father 's face (Myers 112). His father lacks the look of reassurance because he cannot seem to understand how his son remains in jail for accused murder. Steve’s parents still feel apprehensive if their son is trustworthy.
However, once the murder of the family occurs, everything changes. The author says, “Once a thing is set to happen, all you can do is hope it won’t. Or will- depending. As long as you live there’s always something waiting, and even if it’s bad, and you know it’s bad, what can you do? You can’t stop living.”
For hundreds of years, people have used art as a way of portraying strong emotions such as passion, lust and joy. One of the more powerful of these emotions is that of loss, which is often portrayed as a overwhelming and devastating feeling. Various forms of art have different ways of conveying emotions, whether it be through the use of melody in music, with colors in paintings or through the thoughts and actions of characters in literature. Several characters in Andre Dubus’ “Killings” clearly display their feelings of loss in the story through the way they are characterized and this highlights the devastating power that loss has on those who are forced to experience it.
He is worried about his son’s mental health how he would act strangely quiet and try to change every subject that makes him feel uncomfortable. He should’ve had a discussion with his wife about how much he wants to stay in a healthy relationship with her, but is struggling because of his grieving. And that he should talk to her in trying to be more connected with their son Conrad, to do only what is best for his future. Also the problem with the mother Beth, she is shown to be very disconnected with her
”(Lathbury 70). Nick lost who he truly was and his relationships with others caused an emotional drainage that he could not bare. He was an honorable individual but dishonesty filled his life and determined the outcome of his cherished