When reopening of the case does little to bring about justice, as the district attorney is unable to prove that Richard Strout is capable of cold blooded murder. Due to the lack of a direct witness the murderer is let off on the charges of accidental manslaughter. These sordid facts lead Matt Fowler to believe that he is not going to be able to avenge his son’s death through the court and so he takes matter into his own hands and instigates a plan leading to the abduction and ultimate killing of Richard Strout.
The important fact here is that both the feature and the short story contain the same turn of events, the characters are the same, the names of the characters, the role playing, even the cause for the murder which in this case was jealousy and the ultimate revenge plotted by the father of the victim, all of important facts remain unchanged, Director Todd Fields has just taken the manuscript and has brought the expression of grief, parental love and passion to life and brings across the cruelty one human can bestow on another, just to for personal gain and jealousy.
From the above play by play it is apparent that Andre Dubus’s personal life reflects on the themes of his writing as well. A personal family tragedy, a tendency toward self preservation and taking steps to exert it, is clearly in sync with what his personal life was all about. A few of his other works include The Lieutenant, Dancing after hours, Separate Flights. Andre Dubus, died in the year 1999, following a heart attack.
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