The love for a child or the love of a spouse can make a person act in ways that can surpass their own understanding, and this was the case for Matt and Ruth Fowler. They had to endure the pain of burying their year-old son, Frank, after being murdered by a man who was able to walk the streets with little to no remorse for the sin he had just committed. Matt Fowler realized the law was no longer on their side and decided to take matters into his own hands. Instead of correcting his son and telling him to not curse his enemies, Matt stayed silent. He observed his family and witnessed their suffering.

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However, his own crime led to his own destruction as he was faced with questions of morality. The character found himself in a difficult position after taking his revenge. He failed to anticipate the guilt associated with the crime he committed.

Feelings of anger and righteousness are illustrated by the character throughout the story. The lead character, Matt Fowler goes one step too far and identifies with the evil that tragically marred his life-the murder of his son. Matt and his friend Willis Trottier executed Richard Strout, the man who killed his son. She sees him all the time. Matt could no longer tolerate watching his wife deteriorate before his eyes simply because she cannot cope with the loss of their son.

Finally, he decided to bring grief resolution to both of them by killing Strout. Fowler is extremely saddened by his act. In the story, Strout, the man who is shot, is clearly guilty but he is also a human being and that knowledge was suppressed by Fowler to kill him.

In carrying out the deed, Fowler became isolated even to those sympathize with his violence. These stories are similar in plot and theme. Both of these stories deal with murder, love and revenge. Though, love and murder are presented in different ways in the two stories. The main character in both these stories are of the opposite sex and they are both the protagonist.


A Critical Analysis Of "Killings" By Andre Dubus

Richard Strout commits a crime of passion: he murders the man who is having an affair with his estranged wife. He is incensed when he finds out that his wife was seeing another man while the divorce is still pending. After the killing he feels to be quite justified and do not feel a bit of remorse of what he has done. He never seems to mind the consequences but continue the life he lives. Strout is depicted in the short story as an amoral and man of passion. Matt Fowler is a man of great moral fortitude. He is faced with the questions of morality when his son is murdered, and seeing his wife suffering for the loss of their son he is motivated by private revenge-on the part of the child-, and protection for the safety of his wife.


Killings Andre Dubus

His two elder siblings are Kathryn and Beth. Dubus grew up in the Bayou country in Lafayette, Louisiana , and was educated by the Christian Brothers , a Catholic religious order that emphasized literature and writing. Dubus then spent six years in the Marine Corps , eventually rising to the rank of captain. At this time he married his first wife and started a family. The family then moved to Haverhill, Massachusetts , where Dubus would spend the bulk of his academic career teaching literature and creative writing at Bradford College. He was driving from Boston to his home in Haverhill, Massachusetts , and he stopped to assist two disabled motorists—brother and sister Luis and Luz Santiago. As Dubus assisted the injured Luz to the side of the highway, an oncoming car swerved and hit them.


Essay Theme Analysis of Killings by Andre Dubus



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