Hammurabi Essay

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Hammurabi’s Code: Was it Just? DBQ Essay Argument: Hammurabi’s code was just Evidence : “if you look at three categories – family, property, and injury – it is clear that Hammurabi’s code was just” First Paragraph: Background Information • Hook: (something interesting to grab the reader’s attention) “spare the rod and spoil the child” • Who: “Hammurabi became ruler of Babylon in 1792 BCE.” “Hammurabi conquered nearby city…” • What : “he had a code of 282 laws carved on giant stones called steles.” • Where: “ruler of Babylon” … should also include Ancient Mesopotamia • When: circa “1792 BCE” • Thesis: What are they going to tell you in the next few paragraphs? Hammurabi’s Code was just – looking at three categories – family, property, and injury. The author is going to argue one paragraph on how family law is just. The author is going to argue a second paragraph on how property law is just. The author is going to argue a third paragraph on how injury law is just. Second Paragraph • Topic Sentence – what is the detail that you are going to write about? In this case, this is the first argument paragraph. The first argument is about how family law was just. o “first there is the justness of the family laws” • Evidence 1: “One law requires a man taking a second wife to take his sick first wife with him.” o Cited Source: (Doc C) • Argument of WHY evidence 1 is just (This shows that Hammurabi’s code was just because) “This is just because it protects the sick wife who is weak.” • Evidence 2: “The strong must not injure the weak” o Cited Source: (Doc B) • Argument of WHY the evidence 2 is just: “That is his test of justice.” The author should argue this and relate it to how it is fair to the victim, the criminal, and society. Argument Above and Beyond: Third Paragraph • Topic Sentence – what is the detail that you are

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