A Rose for Emily

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Strong emotions, such as love, are embedded into the human psyche. Moreover, these intense feelings dictate the actions one takes. Both William Faulkner and Andre Dubus utilize this theme in their works. Driven by hope, Matt from “Killings” by Dubus and Emily from “A Rose for Emily” by Faulkner ultimately end up murdering out of love. Similarly, each stories’ layout is story order, setting, and the character’s rationale (EA pink). The authors tug at the reader’s own reasoning’s in order to grant empathy towards their fictional characters. In the beginning, a funeral awaits the reader in both allegories. For Emily, she meets her own demise; however, for Matt, he attends the event for his murdered son. Faulkner develops the protagonist in a drawn out manner, but the author leaves his piece rampant in detail. Furthermore, the narrator employs a variety of terms and conditions, including “[she is] a tradition, a duty, and hereditary obligation of the town,” (Faulkner 80) to introduce the main character, Emily Grierson. Suppressed for all her life by her father, Emily fails to ever escape the town and its gossip. When she finally encounters someone she fancies, the town depicts it as unethical due to the fact that there are no firm wedding plans, regarding the statement that Emily’s special someone, Homer Baron, “[likes] men” (84). Thus, Emily resorts to her only foolproof method: kill him and make him hers. “Killings” portrays a father, Matt, who lost a son through an

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