Compare & Contrast “A Rose Of Emily” “Killings” Essay
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Compare & contrast
“A Rose of Emily” “Killings”
“A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner and Andre Dubus's “killings” were short stories about the main characters who both committed murders, one of the worst crimes that a individual can commit. But is there ever a time that murder can be justified? In Andre Dubus’s “Killings,” Matt Fowler avenges the murder of his son Frank by killing the man that murdered him, Stout. In “A Rose for Emily” the main character, Emily, murders the man that she planned on marrying after she realized he planned on leaving her. These stories are very similar in that both Matt and Emily kill out of love for someone, but Matt's murder is for closure after his son Frank is killed, where as Emily's is because she is afraid of being alone. Emily is portrayed by the narrator, who seems to speak for the whole town, “we”. Her character traits are peculiar due to the manner in which her father raised her. She obviously had issues about her over protective father. When her father died, all the ladies offered condolences, “Miss Emily met them at the door, dressed as usual and with no trace of grief on her face. She told them that her father was not dead. She did that for three days, with the minister calling on her, and the doctors, trying to persuade her to let them dispose of the body. Just as they were about to resort to law and force, she broke down, and they buried her father quickly.“(93). The town blamed this behavior on her father, "We remembered all the young men her father had driven away" (p. 93). She has already missed out on so much of life by the time her father dies, she feels the desire to become a mother and a wife. At the age of thirty Emily's this drive overpowers her “hereditary obligation to the town” (p.