"Killings" a Character Sketch Essay example
LIT115 - 201
03 Sept. 2011
“Richard Strout, a Character Sketch”
Richard Strout plays the role of the antagonist in Andre Dubus’ story “Killings”. The character Richard Strout on the surface is a stereotypical spoiled ex-jock, with violent tendencies. There is more to this character though hidden below the surface. He is insecure. Richard Strout is as much a victim as Frank, the man that was sleeping with Richard’s wife.
Richard was a one time a successful High School athlete who had earned a “football scholarship to the University of Massachusetts” (p.98). Richard on the surface had it all. Richard was misunderstood and possibly pressured by others to be what they wanted him to be. It …show more content…
The family finally makes it to their destination with Yunior of course getting sick along the way. Introductions are made and parents and children separate; kids in the living room watching television and parents carousing around the kitchen area. The Boys check begin to start checking out the girls and the girl are checking out the older brother, with a mute boy somewhat isolated among them all. The meal is finally served and Yunior is not allowed to eat by command of his father. The evening digresses into a make out session between Rafa, Yunior’s older brother and one of the girls. This sends Yunior down to watch the adults dance and converse until eventually Yunior falls asleep while thinking of his mother. The story concludes with the family driving back home, still awake Yunior observes a show of affection between his parents before he once again becomes nauseous.
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