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DEAD MAN WALKING Death Penalty Makes No Sense By Teresa Brasch For RLST 2115 EL-01 The Development of Western Morality Dianne Norman Inspired by true events the film DEAD MAN WALKING is the story of a spiritual woman who must face the results of a vindictive nation She is asked by a condemned to die man for spiritual counseling The man in question Mathew Poncelet has been tried by a justice system which is accountable to society for the death of two teenage lovers In order to save his soul Sister Helen Prejean must help Mathew understand the teachings of Jesus Involved as well are the victims families and their confusion and grief over the death of their children Overall it can be said that the situation involves an entire public and culture of which the crime criminal victims and results are of long term consequences As the viewer of the story involving of all of the above it makes us question the concept of a death penalty Our feeling for the various people makes us explore within our selves the feelings of hate sympathy anger compassion and helplessness These feelings effect our emotions passions values and most important of all our morals To put a firm grip on our morals society has turned to both justice and spirituality both of which were depicted in this story We use justice and spirituality to help us understand and classify our reasons for actions Confusing though is the interpretation of justice and spirituality We can look at justice first The justice system is implemented in a society to provide guidelines of right and wrong At times though the justice system may become contradictory upon itself This has to be ratified by philosophers as a necessary evil So the point of capital punishment might be to punish
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