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The story "Killings" by Andre Dubus is about a man named Matt and his love for his son Frank. He is upset because his son has been killed by a man called Richard. Matt's wife, older son

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Saira Chaudhary 02-03-06 English-102-D Killings The story "Killings" by Andre Dubus is about a man named Matt and his love for his son Frank. He is upset because his son has been killed by a man called Richard. Matt's wife, older son, and his friends think that Richard should be killed too. His son wishes to kill the murderer of his younger brother, but Matt is even scared of the thought because doing so means that he would lose his second son, too. His wife also does not want to see Richard alive. In Killings, Matt is very angry at himself for the reason of not being able to protect his son and is forced to kill his son's murderer; however, at the end he is not very enthusiastic about it instead he is very upset and depressed. One of the reasons that Matt kills Richard is his own wife. She is very hurt by her son's death. She is always crying because she sees her son's murderer walking around in the stores all the time which kills her. ...read more.


He even covered his crime by saying that nobody helped the woman. This declares what kind of a man Richard is and what he has done to others. Now he has killed Frank which was very cruel of him, and Matt's family believes that he has no right to live. Willis is also forcing Matt to believe that whatever his family thinks of doing to Richard is right. Willis urges Matt to kill Richard himself before someone in his family commits the act and he loses another family member. Just so everyone would be relieved and think that justice has been done. Matt is under a lot of pressure to kill Richard. He is very angry and is going to kill Richard, but he does not really want to do it. He has planned everything in order to kill him, and Willis is helping him to get it done. When Matt goes out with Willis to get Richard from the bar he hopes that when Richard comes out he would be with his friends so he could simply drive away. However; when Richard comes out of the bar he is all by himself. ...read more.


She only cares if he has killed her son's murderer. He knows his family does not realize what he is feeling. When Frank died, he could understand his family feelings because he had the same feelings about his son's death. Now, after committing a murder, the guilt he has his family do not understand that. He is isolated for the reason that he cannot share his emotions with his own wife. His wife does not want to hear what he is feeling, what she want to know is if he has killed Richard or not. At the bed Matt lay in the bed with his wife next to him. He shudders with a sob, which he kept silence in his heart. This also shows that he cannot relate to his wife either. In conclusion, this shows that through the pressure from his family and friends Matt has killed Richard despite the supposed justice of this act. Now, he has to live with this guilt all his life. He cannot even show his emotions to his family because he cannot relate to them. He is alienated from his family because they cannot understand the feelings ha have over his crime. ?? ?? ?? ?? Saira Chaudhary Page 1 5/10/2007 ...read more.

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