Why murder

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Why Murder? In the short story "A Rose For Emily" and the short story "Killings" people have been murdered and the motivations for the killings are understandable but never the less still murders. The reason for murder in "A Rose For Emily" is not as clearly shown as with "Killings", that story is a classic "eye for an eye" type story. The main character in "A Rose for Emily" (Emily) and the main character in "Killings" (Matt) both kill out of love, but the types of love seem to be different.

Emily was not what you would call the average murderer. She was strange however, after her own death (which is known to reader in the very first line of the story) the townspeople described her as "…a tradition, a duty, and a care; a sort of hereditary obligation upon the town"(73). When her father died she would not let them take the body for three days, now that's pretty strange.

The people in town at the time didn't think she was crazy, they explained her actions like this, "We remembered all the young men her father had driven away, and we knew that with nothing left, she would have to cling to that which had robbed her, as people will." (75) Here is the first indicator that her motives for killing her only love Homer Baron are founded on an emotional type of basis. Her father believed that no one was ever good enough for his daughter, and because she never got close to anyone she didn't know how to let go either, she never experienced that kind of love you get when you meet that special someone. Her unwillingness to be alone and unloved again becomes evident when in part IV of the story it...