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The Murderer

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The murderer
-by Julian Symons
It is never easy when someone you love passes away. And finding out a terrible truth about them afterwards, doesn't make it easier. In the short story "the murderer" we are following a husband, while he goes through the loss of his wife, and afterwards finds out that she has been cheating on him for years. Such things change a person, and in this short story we get to see exactly how much it can change you.
Insanity can be caused by a lot of things. This story shows a perfect example on how a rather normal, fastidious man can turn into a monster. Usually that occurs when a person is controlled by the id or the super ego. In this story I believe that Howard goes through a sort of journey in this story. He starts out being controlled by the ego. He is a nice, loving, family man who likes spending time with the neighbors. When he gets the news about his wife’s death, it seems like his super ego tries to take over, because he wants things to be like they were before, and does not want people to be around him all the time, but since that’s not going to happen, his mind goes straight to the id. I would say that the id is trying to take over, right after he had had the fight with his neighbor Carol. When he then, goes out to kill and rape that girl, his id had taken over the control, and he was completely insane.
Howard is the main character in this story. He is a very dynamic person because he changes a lot, from when we first meet him in his normal surroundings till at the end where he has gone insane. The story is taking place in a suburb close to London. I think they are from the high end of the middleclass because we are being introduced to his house, in such a way that makes the reader feel like it is a nice but small house in a nice neighborhood. The reason I believe it is in the high end of the middleclass, is because Howard…...

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