that trust, society violates its own values. What should the punishment be? In the book Dead Man Walking, by Sister Helen Prepare, the topic of capital punishment is discussed through an eye-witness account of her experience befriending a death row inmate. Supreme Court refused to hear the case. Thatts why youve put me to death. In her moral and philosophical perspective, every individual is responsible for his or her own actions, regardless of circumstances. Since the 18th century there were also opositions to the death penalty and the abolotionist movement banned capital punishment from some states of the USA.
The death penalty violates societys most fundamental belief: that human life is worthy of respect. After the call Helen visits him every week and sees how he changes. Though Dead Man Walking has been critcized for treating the criminals too lightly and for not exploring the horrible details of the crimes committed, this book is clearly not written as an apology for the criminals or as an argument about their guilt or innocence. There are many effective devices used in this book that strongly show her opinions towards capital punishment, and convincing the audience that capital punishment is morally wrong and fundamentally flawed. Another way Sister Helen uses pathos to express that all criminals deserve life is by solidifying the importance of personal responsibly. She wants the death row inmates more time to telephone for example and mentions some other inhuman conditions in the prison, but nobody realy cares about this people. The legal system is disturbingly unable to correctly administer the death penalty.