A Rose for Emily vs Killings Essay

1121 Words Oct 21st, 2013 5 Pages
English 2010
March 20, 2013
“A Rose for Emily” vs “Killings” The story “A Rose for Emily” was written by William Faulkner. The other story I am using to compare and contrast with is “Killings” written by Andre Dubus. 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 Rose for Emily” is about a women named Emily Grierson and her mysterious life as a southern belle. While “Killings” is based on a man named Matt Fowler who commits a bad crime. Faulkner and Dubus start both short stories “A Rose for Emily”
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“I want some poison,” she said to the druggist” (Meyer 87). If she poisons him she will keep his dead body in her house. Matt kills different in the way of him using a gun. “Matt went to the bedroom for his wallet, put the gloves in one trouser pocket and the .38 in the other and went back to the living room, his hand in his pocket covering the bulge of the cool cylinder pressed against his fingers, the butt against his palm.” (Meyer 102) He kills so they won’t be able to see him walking the streets. He knows his wife cannot handle seeing Richard every day in town. “I don’t see him. I’m in the store all the time. Ruth sees him. She sees him too much. She was at Sunnyhurst today getting cigarettes and aspirin. It’s killing her.” (Meyer 96) Willis asked him how long he had been thinking about killing him. “Everyday since he got out. I didn’t think about bail. I thought I wouldn’t have to worry about him for years. She sees him all the time. It makes her cry.” (Meyer 97) Both of the murders were planned out. The planning in the stories appears more significant than the actual killing.
Emily and Matt both hide what they have done. Committing murder to people to get revenge. They both keeps their murders a secret. Emily hides her murder because she remains in her house with the dead body. “Already we knew that there was one room in that region above the stairs which no one had seen in forty years, and which would have to be forced. They waited until Miss Emily was decently in

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