I am working on characterizing the main character of my fantasy novel, and I have two questions. He is first introduced when he kills a deer and I need to make the reader able to empathize with his situation. He doesn't like killing, but realizes that the people of his village need to eat. The setting is established a few paragraphs before he shows up, and the deer described in such a way that the reader likes and identifies with him. Then, an arrow is fired into the clearing, kills him, and the MC enters. Once he confirms that the deer is dead, he kneels at it's side and says, "I'm sorry. Through your death, more life will continue." Here are my questions: 1.) what more can I have him do to help the readers like my MC. Those who have read it up to this point have said they cannot relate to him because he kills the deer that they like. 2.) Does what my MC says to the deer sound cliche? I thought that it sort of came off that way, but am unsure how else to convey what he is feeling.