By seeking vengeance against Richard Strout for the murder of his son Frank, Matt’s choice of murder was to compensate for his son’s wrongful death, and also for the overall sanity and protection of his wife, Ruth. Frank Fowler was a genuine human who caught an eye for the wrong woman, Mary Ann Strout, Richard’s soon-to-be ex. Ruth had always believed that Frank was in the wrong relationship. Matt and Ruth both had mix feelings about Frank and Mary Ann’s relationship. Frank had treated Mary Ann better than Richard had ever during their tenure of being a couple.
“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.
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 the varied reactions that they display each represent a different aspect of grief. The protagonist of the story, the grieving father, Matt, expresses his feelings
As a nineteen-year-old Canadian soldier from the start, Robert is seen transitioning through an existential crisis, encountering with nothingness to embracing the depths of life. In relation to Findley’s text when Robert enters the war, he is told by his mother that metaphorically put on a new set of attire to toughen up psychologically, emotionally, or physically to face the inevitable everyday battles of war he has to fight by making sacrifices with the unexpected challenges that come up in the future. This can be seen when Robert commands all soldiers to “hold their torn pieces of cloth in their hand[...] ‘piss on them’[...] the ammonia in their urine would turn the chlorine into harmless crystals that could not be breathed” (Findley, 126). Ideally, this was the steps he
Conflict Literary Analysis: The Outsiders and It's a Wonderful Life In the novel The Outsiders by S.E Hinton and the movie It's a Wonderful Life directed by Frank Capra, both characters, Darry Curtis and George Bailey, face an external conflict because of the fact that they are both always sacrificing for family. In the film It's a Wonderful Life by Frank Capra, the main character, George Bailey, faces many internal struggles that come from him sacrificing so much for his family. Starting off with George Bailey's biggest sacrifice, saving his young brother Harry's life that day.
The United States of America has been a long-standing symbol of liberty; the pledge of allegiance even states “with liberty, and justice for all.” However, digging not-so-deep into America’s government and justice system reveals anything but liberty or justice. Luckily, there are many people out there willing to push to reform the system and help those who have been treated unfairly. Bryan Stevenson is one of those people, and his anecdote about Walter McMillian intends to show the deep rooted problems in the justice system, as well as the fairly easy solutions to make strides towards repairing it and the people who have been wronged by it. He does this by using a somber tone about the life of McMillian, as well as using a hopeful one when
In short story, “Killings”, Richard Strout kills Frank Fowler because Frank started talking to his ex-wife. Richard walked in and shot Frank right in front of his kids and wife. Richard shot Frank twice in the chest and once in the face with a 9 mm. automatic gun. A justified killing means for a killing to be proven reasonable. So, saving someone from death would be a justified killing.
Brain controls all of the organs in our body and what makes human different from animals is that we have the ability to think and have our own thoughts. Everything is possible in reality and what makes it possible is our knowledge. Richard Wright, who explains the definition of the word cognitive the best by using his memoir the ‘Black Boy’. In his memoir Richard explains his struggles of life as a child, teen and adult. But eventually succeed using his knowledge and experience.
What to Take Away from Monster In today’s society, the word masculinity is not easily defined. It is a socially constructed word that stereotypes the male sex, by painting an image that every man has to be big and strong, fearless and show no emotion. In the book, Monster written by Walter Dean Myers, the main theme is that men showing emotion should not be a sign of weakness, and it has nothing to do with being a man. This is all proven with three key examples in the book which include: emotion, reputation and violence.
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.