Mr. Zannata March 30, 2012 Battered Woman’s Syndrome: Homolka's Excuse Karla Homolka was the wife and accomplice of the infamous serial rapist and killer, Paul Bernardo. Homolka used the battered women's syndrome as a legal defense for her actions, but there is an abundance of evidence to prove that she lied and used the disorder as an excuse to lessen her sentence. Learned helplessness is used to describe a phycologic response of a person to the repeated unpredictable exposure to a painful stimuli. This may have been the case with Homolka, yet, as stated on a women's advocacy site, out of the group of women who are diagnosed with 'learned helplessness', only a very small percentage commit acts of murder or sexual assault. Therefore this disorder does not give Homolka an excuse for her crimes.
4) I believe the behavior of this mother was the cognitive theory, because she was struggling with depression at the time. She wasn’t in her right state of mind she went through with killing her kids. 5) I think the neurotransmitters that played a role in Andrea Yates killing her kids was that of serotonin and nor epinephrine. Since she was suffering from postpartum depression as well as schizophrenia and bipolar with the combaniation of those really affected
“The picture of that girl, the fact that she had lived neighbor to that girl for twenty years, and had let her die for lack of life, was suddenly more than [Mrs. Hale] could bear” (194). She feels responsible and blames herself for what has happened to Minnie. She believes that the reason that she stayed away - “because it weren’t cheerful” (192) was the very reason she should have gone to see Minnie. She reacts to her refusal to visit Minnie as a crime in itself. “Oh, I wish I’d come over here once in a while!” she cried.
If they were innocent they would live and if they were found to be guilty they would be killed. This crates fear as if people were found to be guilty there was nothing you could do and you will be killed. This fear in the court emphasises the fear that Abigail is giving to the girls as what Abigail is doing can also make people die. Presenting Abigail as a powerful
Their lyrics were controversial that included expletives and expressed violence against women, including raping, torturing, stalking and beating of women. The parents of Elyse Pahler decided to seek justice for their daughter. The parents observed that all previous law suits against producers of violent entertainment have been thrown out in the United States on First Amendment grounds. They took a different approach in seeking
Abigail and the girls pretend Mary is bewitching them again which make Mary breakdown and accuse john of being a witch. After being tried as a witch and told he was going to get hanged he has a chance to confess and live but he chooses to die and keep his name. As a result of the lies and the affair between john and Abigail there were a lot of innocent people killed and hurt even those who they claimed they loved. Abigail and Elizabeth are two very different characters but have some similarities. Both Abigail and Elizabeth show determination in order to get what they want, and they are both strong
Asked if she knew what it meant to kill someone, Weier purportedly responded, “I believe it’s ending a life and I regret it.” She also reportedly told the police, “The bad part of me wanted her to die, the good part of me wanted her to live.” Geyser reportedly stated that what she did was probably wrong. Both girls believed so much in the fictional character they thought that killing their classmate would show their devotion. Many people in court asked for mental tests to be done on both girls, since they haven’t done anything wrong before, the presence of a mental issue is possible. Geyser's attorney fought for the case to be fought in juvenile court. Though their brains are still developing they are still held liable for their actions.
However, if someone is so mentally ill that they do not know right from wrong, they should not be able to freely roam the streets. For an example Sisouvanh Synhavong a woman who murdered another woman then cut the baby from her womb, she is pleading insanity. In my perspective Sisouvanh should be sentenced to regular jail because of her life before
A couple of examples are spousal murder and rape. (Gen 14 2012, p.24-26) Women who murder their husbands no matter what the circumstances find it hard to be treated sympathetically by the justice system. This is due to the historical cultural stereotypes of women and the Judicial Myopia of the judges and courts. (Gen 14 2012, p.23) Historically men are given greater latitude when it comes to spousal murder as women are seen as a man’s possession and any deviance from that is provocation. (Gen 14 2012, p.24) Women find it difficult to plead provocation as they are expected to be submissive whereas male stereotypes suggests it is acceptable to be aggressive and abusive to keep the women obedient and in her place.
Naguib Mahfouz made the reader understand the suffering of the women in our society. He tried to show us the tragic position that the young girl had in the short story "The Answer Is No". Also he succeeded in analyzing the psychology of the young girl, and how she could overcome the trap that the man put her in. The short story is entitled "The Answer Is No" because the young girl revolted against the male-dominated society, her weakness, and also to the future love and the past that she had by saying "NO". When she was raped, she didn't understand what had happened to her, and she was shocked and every inch of her body was trembling.