Presentation on theme: "BY ANDRE DUBUS II. Andre Dubus Born August 11, 1936 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Died February 24, 1999 in Haverhill, Massachusetts. He was an American."— Presentation transcript:
Andre Dubus Born August 11, 1936 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Died February 24, 1999 in Haverhill, Massachusetts. He was an American short story writer, essayist, and biographer.
Other Works One novel, titled “The Lieutenant”. Several stories, including “Meditations from a Movable Chair”, “The Last Worthless Evening”, and “Broken Vessels”. “Killings” was adapted into a film, titled “In The Bedroom”.
Other Works – Plots and Themes Themes are frequently dark and somber. Stories frequently focus on many things going wrong for the protagonist. Early stories usually focused on male perspectives.
Précis The conflict is sparked when Richard Strout, an extremely tempestuous man, guns down Frank Fowler after catching him with Strout’s estranged wife. Driven by anger and revenge, Matt Fowler and Willis Trottier abduct Richard and force him to drive home. They then force him to take a detour near the airport and pull over next to a forest. Matt then tells Richard to walk away, planning to shoot Richard in the back. Richard makes a last-ditch effort to flee, but is shot by Matt, who proceeds to execute him. Fowler and Trottier bury Strout and leave the scene.
Setting Time: Several days in August, with flashbacks interspersed. Place: Massachusetts Was the setting important to the plot?: Setting was not integral, and could be easily changed.
Themes What Goes Around Comes Around – Implied Revenge is Fueled by Passion – Implied Anger obscures Reason– Implied
Protagonist Matt Fowler: Who: Father of Frank Fowler and husband of Ruth Fowler, this man is also a friend of Willis Trottier. Actions: Murders Richard to avenge Frank, and is remorseful.
Antagonist Richard Strout: Who: Estranged husband of Mary-Ann Strout, and father of two. Actions: Murders Frank Fowler in a rage. Does not attempt to hide from police. Is killed by Matt in return.
Frank Fowler and Willis Trottier Frank Fowler: Who: Son of Matt and Ruth Fowler, and Mary Ann’s lover. Actions: Has an affair with Mary Ann Strout, leading to his death at Richard’s hands. Willis Trottier: Who: A good friend of Matt Fowler. Actions: Assists Matt in murdering Frank.
Ruth Fowler and Mary Ann Strout Ruth Fowler: Who: Matt’s wife, and Frank’s mother. Actions: Attempts to stop Frank’s relationship with Mary Ann. Mary Ann Strout: Who: Richard Strout’s estranged wife, and mother of two. Actions: Has an affair with Frank Fowler, & witnesses his death.
Minor Characters Steve and Cathleen Fowler: Children of Matt Fowler, they are present only for Frank’s funeral. Martha Trottier: Wife of Willis Trottier. Mary Ann’s Children: Mary Ann and Richard’s children, they are present for Frank’s death.
Point of View The story is told through the third-person limited point of view, and seems reliable and objective. The narrator is not named, though it seems to be focused on Matt Fowler’s perspective.
Significant Quotations “I should kill him.” – Steve Fowler, Page 1. “He walks the Goddamn streets.” – Matt Fowler, Page 2. “Matt had not told Willis he was afraid he could not be alone with Richard for very long … and then shoot him.” – Narrator, Page 6.
Plot Structure Hook: “I should kill him.” – Page 1 Exposition: Funeral and Matt talking with Willis afterward. Rising Action: Flashbacks, events leading to Strout’s kidnapping. Climax: The kidnapping itself. Falling Action: Richard’s death, burying the body. Resolution: Matt and Willis leaving, Matt talking to Ruth.
Sins of Omission vs. Sins of Commission Sins of Omission – Not doing what you should. Richard neglecting Mary Ann. Ruth allowing Matt to kill Richard Sins of Commission – Doing what you shouldn’t. Richard killing Frank. Matt killing Richard. Frank lusting after Mary Ann. Willis helping Matt.
Clips from “In The Bedroom” Frank’s death: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqyCEV_iACo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqyCEV_iACo Richard’s death: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcsl8fSgqls&list=PL273 483A15738EF50&index=11 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcsl8fSgqls&list=PL273 483A15738EF50&index=11