The Code of Hammurabi

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While some of the laws of the code of Hammurabi were fair, others were harsh and unjust. If the list of laws was split, about one-half would be decent and the rest would be unfair. Most of the laws would work well, but the punishment is too cruel. The laws in the code seem to be sexist against women and unfair towards lower class citizens as well. Although, some laws are brutal, they are necessary to keep order in the community and crime at a low. An example to represent a fair law in the code of Hammurabi is, “If he has broken the limb of a patrician, his limb shall be broken.” To put the quote in simpler terms, it states, “If you break a man’s limb he’ll break yours.” This is a fairly honorable law. If a person breaks someone’s arm they should expect a consequence and this is not exceptionally crude. A law such as this one is created to keep balance, peace, and reduce violence. Even though this may seem strict to some; the victim who endured the limb breaking would have to disagree. That is why there are laws such as those, they are sufficient and crucial. Although some laws are fair, there are plenty in the code that are not. Such as law number 230, “If it is the owner’s son that is killed, the builder’s son shall be put to death.” Which merely means, “If a house falls on the owner’s son the house builder’s son will be put to death.” This is absolutely wrong in everyway. It is not the son’s fault the house has fallen down. The builder’s son has no control over the quality of work his father does or the effort he puts into it. Of course it’s upsetting and heart-breaking to lose a son, but that is no reason to kill someone else’s child. After the situation is over with there will be two despaired families mourning the death of their son. Killing an innocent child is the wrong way to solve an issue. Everything about that law is horrid and immoral. This law

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