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Killings Revenge loss and consequences are explored in Andre Dubuss Killings A jealous husband angered by the fact that his estranged wife is involved in a new relationship acts out in a presumable crime of passion and murders the man she was seeing As a result of this crime a father suffers the loss of his son and plots retaliation which results in the killing of his sons murderer Both men experience a loss and subsequently act out in revenge The difference in the moral character of these two men is what appears to determine the fate of their consequences Richard Strout a man of inferior morality commits a crime of passion He murders a man who is having a relationship with his estranged wife Strout is portrayed in the story as being a spoiled selfish violent man The pending divorce between he and his wife obviously left him feeling conflicted over the loss of control and he is angered by the fact that she was seeing another man so quickly after the separation There appears to be no feelings of regret or remorse from Strout after the murder He seems to feel completely justified in the killing and even makes the statement He was making it with my wife Dubus 90 Strouts lack of moral character is a key element in his being able to live with himself after committing this crime His personal consequences seemed to be few if any Matt Fowler is portrayed in the story as being a man of great moral fortitude he is a sensitive loving husband a protective father and a respected friend The brutal murder of his son catapults him into a position in which he feels compelled to avenge the death The conflict that Fowler feels after his son is killed is overwhelming to him Fowler feels that removing his sons murderer from the world he and his family live in will ease his wifes
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