I know that questions and negative sentences made with "have to" use "do / did / does / have" auxiliary phrases. Why was "should" used as an auxiliary verb in this sentence?

When Odin ruled that Agnar must die, I thought, “No, The other one will fall. I’ll see to that,” and a moment later, I turned the spear which had been heading towards Agnar’s chest towards his opponent, who fell to the ground and died with fearful groans.

Odin was not pleased. “You can’t do that, Brynhilde, I told you to kill Agnar. That was my will.”

“Well it wasn’t mine,” I said. “Why should one so young have to die?”

Shouldn't this sentence be like this? >>>> Why does one so young have to die?


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The sentence with should is correct.

The sentence is another way of saying Why is it that one so young has to die. It is asking for justification, whether ethical or medical or otherwise.

The alternative is:

Why does one so young have to die? (Note does not do) This means much the same thing but it lacks the moral emphasis of the first sentence.

Why should.... is always a way of looking for a reason or justification of some future deed or event.

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