Usually, we’re not so limited when it comes to making choices regarding our lives. Law 21 states that a man who attempts to rob a house would be put to death. If that was a punishment today, many of us would be rioting for the man to have a different punishment. Teaching the man morals and making him learn his lesson in a way that’s not death would be more reasonable. Lastly, take a look at the punishments corresponding to the law broken.
I think justice or fairness includes everybody in the situation. That means the criminal should have at least some rights. In Law 21 (Doc D) it says that if a robber is caught in the act of stealing by the owners, the owners have a right to hang him in the very spot he stands. Hammurabi is letting a citizen commit a crime that is ten times worse then what the criminal did and that is anything but fair. On Law 218 (Doc E) if a doctor fails a surgery on a free man he hands are to be severed off just like that.
When I read “The Cask of Amontillado” I thought the same thing at first, but as I looked into Montresor’s phrasing I saw a man who was grappling with the idea of killing another man. Throughout the story Montresor gives Fortunato a way out of the coming carnage. Montresor is a deeply troubled man, he takes the saying of the family, Nemo me impune lacessit way too seriously. He acted as though he had to uphold the honor of the family by punishing those who made them foolish, with no impunity. Another conflict is person vs. society.
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.
Many codes are repeated in different ways. If a woman of a man leaves her dwelling to be with another man then they will both be put to death but if a man has relations with a woman of a man then there is no penalty for that man, only with wife of a man will be punished at her man's wish (Code of the Assura 1.13 and 1.16). It can be seen that the house of a man and his wife is a precious place and any type of dishonor the woman claims results in her punishment. In this list of laws it is not stated that a woman may own her house. A woman can only gain property if it is given to her after her husband passes.
Based on the Best Bet theory we can assume that the risk of losing one’s own life and any potential to ever see freedom again is just as good of a punishment as any other. If not using capital punishment reduces how many are deterred and does not reduce the number of innocent lives taken we too are responsible for the loss of those lives. We are responsible not only for our own direct actions but also for our inaction and the consequences of it. Objections to the death Penalty: Objection 1: “Capital punishment is a morally unacceptable thirst for revenge.” Revenge is a personal response, done out of anger and hatred, which inflicts harm to the perpetrator. Retributivism is an unbiased and impartial response to a perpetrator that has wronged another.
Code of Hammurabi Western Civilization and the World I 100 Professor Preface This paper will examine the Code of Hammurabi and how it affected the people of Babylon before, during and after its creation. The nature of the topic is to have a better understanding of how the Code of Hammurabi changed society, hindered women’s rights and independence and left a lasting impression for future generations. Chronology 1810 BC Hammurabi was born to the then-king of Babylon Sin-muballit. 1792 BC Hammurabi, king of Babylon, started his rule. 1787 BC King Hammurabi captured Uruk and Isin.
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
In the beginning of an essay, the “innocent Soto” begins with the statement, “I knew enough about hell to stop me from stealing. I was holy in almost every bone.” The quote acknowledges that Soto is aware that stealing was bad, and then implies that he wouldn’t do such a thing because of his purity. Towards the end of the essay, in contrast, the “menacing Soto” states, “I knew sin was what you took and didn’t give back.” This quote reflects Soto’s greed because saying “I knew” reveals his prior knowledge that his actions were sinful, but did it anyway. Confusion and uncertainty felt by the torn Soto would be the same as any other child his age, a phase that all children experience as they try to find balance in their morals and values. A character worth noting in the book is his grandfather.
In some parts of the world incompatibility of temper is considered a just cause for obtaining a divorce, but in England no such subtle distinction is made, and so until the wife became criminal, or the man became both criminal and cruel, these two were linked together by a bond that only death could sever. Nothing can be worse than this state of things, and the matter was only made the more hopeless by the fact that Mrs. Bodman lived a blameless life, and her husband was no worse, but rather better, than the majority of men. Perhaps, however, that statement held only up to a certain point, for John Bodman had