To Kill or Not to Kill, That is the Question
Murderers, killers: A person who performs the unlawful premeditated killing of another human being. When I hear these words, I think to myself, how could a human being just go out and kill another human being? A killer has to be someone who has something going on up in his or her head to make them crazy enough to murder someone. How could a person be that mad enough to even get the motivation to kill another person? Could an individual that has murdered someone not really be considered a killer, but rather the victim? In the story Killings, written by Andre Dubus, and the story A Rose for Emily, written by William Faulkner, I learned that both ...view middle of the document...
Therefore, he really has no choice but to fix the problem; Strout.
He thought of her that afternoon: when she went into Sunnyhurst, Strout was waiting at the counter while the clerk bagged the things he had bought; she turned down an aisle and looked at soup cans until he left. (Dubus, Killings 104)
Matt has to take into consideration the consequences of his actions. He feels that Strout’s punishment is appropriate enough for his crime of shooting Strout for shooting his son, Frank. Although “Massachusetts has crazy laws” (Dubus, Killings 106), Matt knows that with his plan, he should be able to get away with the murder, without having to worry about any consequences of going to jail.
In William Faulkner’s, A Rose for Emily, Emily Grierson has been demoralized her entire life by her overbearing father. He would intimidate any suitors which enabled Emily from marrying, which is what she desired the most. When she was 30 years-old, her father died and she almost immediately finds a lover.
We did not say she was crazy then. We believed she had to do that. We remembered all the young men her father had driven away, and we knew that with nothing left, she would have to cling to that which had robbed her, as people will. (Faulkner, A Rose for Emily 93)
The whole town, her relatives, and even the Baptist minister disapprove of her lover, Homer Barron. He is a Yankee, a vulgar construction worker, and he may even be gay. This affair was totally unacceptable in the South. The ladies in town began to say that “it was a disgrace to the town and a bad example to the young people” (Faulkner, A Rose for Emily 94). Emily does not care what anyone thinks because she can finally live her life the way she has always wanted too. However, when her love, Homer, declares that the affair is over, Emily finally snaps. She poisons Homer for trying to leave her.
So we were not surprised when Homer Barron – the streets had been finished some time since – was gone. We were a little disappointed that there was not a public blowing-off, but we believed that he had gone on to prepare for Miss Emily’s coming, or to give her a chance to get rid of the cousins. Sure enough, after another week they departed. And, as we had expected all along, within three days Homer Barron was back in town. A neighbor saw the Negro man admit him at the kitchen door at dusk one evening. And that was the last we saw of Homer Barron. And of Miss Emily for some time. (Faulkner, A Rose for Emily 95)
Emily’s motivation for murder may seem as if she is just crazy, obsessive, lonely and bitter, which is how the town views her, but she finally gets to live her life how she wants, but her lover threatens to ruin that. This time, she will have her way and Homer will have no choice but to stay and be with her, dead or alive. She knows she will get away...