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An Eye for an Eye The film Dead Man Walking which is directed by Tim Robbins is a film about redemption Susan Sarandon plays a Nun called Sister Helen Prejean She is asked by a convicted murderer to get him a lawyer and then later is asked to be his spiritual advisor The convicted killer is named Matthew Poncelet and is played by Sean Penn Dead Man Walking truly captivated my conscience and made me think about the controversial standing of capital punishment The movie portrayed two sides of the coin Not only was I enlightened by Sr Helens compassion for Matthew but I was also witness to the overwhelming feelings of grief and despair experienced by the parents of Poncelets innocent victims Sr Helen urges Poncelet to come clean and face the part that he played in the crimes and in the last minutes of the film he tells the truth and takes responsibility for what he did Though Matthew tells the truth of his sin he is still put to death by lethal injection Matthew who originally rejects Gods grace is slowly touched by Sr Helens love He develops a special relationship with this sister of faith and overcomes his feelings of despair Matthew admits that he is guilty of the crimes and seeks Gods forgiveness Through these major interactions I developed a strong concern for Matthew but a feeling of hope for his life from that point on Unfortunately Matthew is put to death and not allowed the chance to redeem himself through Gods faith and guidance Matthew admits to murdering and raping two very innocent people and nothing will ever make that right Yet is it in the hands of the government to execute Gods creation out of punishment or perhaps even revenge Witnessing the families grief and excessive pain made me wonder whether or not Matthew deserved to live After all he not only took the
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