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In Cold Blood Essay

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  • Category: English
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Across prisons and correction centers in America today, there are nearly 3,108 criminals, as of April 1st, 2013, that are held on death row. To be applicable for placement on death row, all states follow regulations along the lines of the main crime, murder. At least 3,108 people have been murdered, by criminals that have taken their lives. Everyone has the right to live, but is it really fair that someone who has taken that right away from someone else, to exercise that right? The Death Penalty, or Capital Punishment, serves as an explicit warrant for certain crimes, such as murder.  
In In Cold Blood(Source A), by Truman Capote, two characters named Perry Smith and Dick Hickock commit murder and massacre an entire family overnight, which brings the question to the rest of the characters in the book; is it justifiable to use capital punishment in this case? Many characters express different opinions on the idea of capital punishment in the book. Dick and Perry, surprisingly, have opposing opinions on their grave situation. The different views of Perry, Hickock, and Reverend Cowan, on capital punishment are reflected by their lives, experiences, and personalities.   Perry had agreed with Reverend Cowan, the clutters own minister and close friend, in a way by standing against his own death, but ultimately apologizing for his heinous crime. Perry stated, “It’s a helluva thing to take a life in this manner. I don’t believe in capital punishment, morally or legally. Maybe I had something to contribute,” (340). Perry stood firm in his tenacious belief of the death penalty but was hanged in the end. Dick, completely opposing Perry’s beliefs, stood against the death penalty. He said, “I believe in hanging.   Just so long as I’m not the one being hanged,” and then goes on to say, “I’m not against it. Revenge is all it is, but what’s wrong with revenge?...I can see their side. They’re mad ‘cause they’re not getting what they want – revenge,” (335). Dick fought the death...

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