Habeas Corpus Poem Analysis

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I have chosen to conduct on Jill McDonough’s Habeas Corpus book of sonnets. This book widely and deeply talks about the execution of several people through history and adds on how there punishments were determined. The writer Jill McDonough beautifully put historical events in a book in the forms of poems that had clear questions. These poems strongly insist and stand on the aspect of the individuals being executed due to what they stood for. This was created to ensure the reason of their death and is well known. It can be weighed out as a cause worthy for death as a punishment. The poems seem to have a differing opinion about and on the choice of punishment judged as death. The poems ask the question of if it is worth killing someone for what …show more content…
In the start of the understanding, punishment is explained as "the infliction of harm, consequences or the denial of certain privileges such as freedom, by an authorized person or persons on an individual belief to be guilty of breaking and going against the law or more generally of having done the wrong thing. (Edmunds, 1991)
This said, it can be understood that, capital punishment is an extension based in the notion of punishment; it exacts a higher penalty and consequence on a greater wrong that has been done or could equally be seen as the highest penalty exacted on the biggest wrongs faced and done in a society. The highest form of penalty/punishment will be the penalty of death for the doing of a specific crime as compared to the denial of one’s freedom or any access to material possessions he/she
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Mary Dyer was a Quaker who had a different stand in religion as opposed to the state in which she was. This made many people begin to hate her way of belief for she started becoming a challenge to the then existing religion.(Habeas Corpus book) She had a sad accident of having a still birth, where the baby had deformed features. Residence and officials immediately related this to her custom made religion that they deemed ‘monstrous’. These accusations lead to her being hanged and being sentenced to death even before her voice and part of the story was heard. As compared to the case scenario of Mary Eugenia Surratt’s death, which seemed to fit the punishment one can tell how inefficient the system gets. Mary Surratt’s had an aim of conducting an assassination on Abraham Lincoln who was a top government official heading to presidency at that time. Her offense was a little worse than that of Mary Dyer. This shows how unjust the punishments conducted were and how ineffective they still are. It is true and correct to state that these two have broken the law for they took part in causing harm and disruption of the law, order and governance. However, the weight of these two crimes is very much different hence different punishments should have been put in

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