Davis English 9

Thursday, September 02, 2010

"The Utterly Perfect Murder" paragraph

 Looking at your notes as you determined whether you thought Doug Spaulding was sane or insane, decide which conflict causes his insanity and what was the result. Follow your notes on p. 24 of the Short Story Workbook.

You might want to write your paragraph using the LPS Google APPS link and open a new document. This way, you can use Word and then copy and paste it into the comment here.

Good luck!



  • At 1:08 PM , Blogger brads13 said...

    Brad Stewart
    i do not think doug was crazy because through the whole story in his heart he knew he wasent going to go through with the murder he just needed emotional clarity in his life just like any other sane person would require at times.

  • At 1:12 PM , Blogger Michael M. 6 said...

    In the story "The Utterly Perfect Murder" by Ray Bradbury the conflict used for Doug's insanity is Man:self. This is a conflict because of what Doug does. In the story Doug has some internal conflicts. If you analyze the story you find that Doug talks to himself. This action represents insanity and internal conflict. All in all this is the conflict in the story "The Utterly Perfect Murder"

  • At 2:25 PM , Blogger riley said...

    I feel as though Doug Spaulding was sane. Although i can clearly see why people may see him as insane because of his childhood conflicts with the boy Raulph and how he was such a huge bump in the road as a child to Doug.And Doug had good reason to be so corrupt in his go abouts in "killing" Raulph because of both the physical and mental damages Raulph inflicted on him.

  • At 7:13 PM , Blogger Jenni M #2 said...

    In the story "The Utterly Perfect Murder" by Ray Bradbury Doug goes through many trials in his childhood leading him up to a big decision to kill his childhood bully. I think that Doug is insane. Although he went through many trials, that does not give him the right to even have the idea of murder. Even though he did not end up killing Raulph, just having the gun and leaving his perfectly normal life to commit a huge crime makes him seem like he is insane.

  • At 8:22 PM , Blogger StevenG24 said...

    In the story "The Utterly Perfect Murder" written by Ray Bradbury, Doug Spaulding a 46 year old man visits his past to murder of one of his childhood "friends" and end this unresolved issue. Although I can see were some people are going with calling him insane, I feel that he is sane. Everyone has there ideal ways to take care of problems, some people just forget it but others can't. Killing Ralph in his imagination was his way of locking away all the pain and memories that Ralph has caused Doug in his childhood. Therefore I personally view Doug Spaulding as sane.


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