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Dead Man Walking is a film that allows the viewer to see all angles of the matter at hand That matter is a mans life Is it morally correct to kill a man because he killed someone else This question has been asked for decades and the answer changes a little every time it is asked Ethically it is considered wrong because it takes the inalienable rights away from the person This fact is involved in the approach to the answer this decade old question Because this film does allow the viewer to see all angles involved in the story it could change the viewers thoughts on the death penalty Sister Helen Prejean is a Roman Catholic Nun living in a poor African-American neighborhood She provides for others before she provides for herself Sister Helen took a chance on Matthew Poncelet a death row inmate who wanted help Sister Helen visited wit Matthew and as he asked for help she agreed Sister Helen is an abolitionist she does not believe inthe death penalty Sister Helens concerns with Matthew are about his life She does find him a lawyer so he can try to appeal She also councils him through his tribulations She cares for him and does all she can to help him get his appeal in the court system Although she does not succeed in her attempts to get Matthew off death row she befriends him and helps him realize what he has done She knows and understands that he needs help in more ways than one Matthew did not want his mother to speak in court on his behalf but Sister Helen helps him see that his mother has the right to do so She helps him see that if his death sentence is carried out and his mother does not get to speak for her son it may be something she will regret for the rest of her life
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