A Time to Kill - Argumentative Paper

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Argumentative Paper
In the movie A Time to Kill, an adolescent girl named Tonya Hailey is brutally battered, raped, and left for dead in a small southern town by two white supremacist men; Billy Ray Cobb and James Louis Willard. As she is walking home, a car approaches; two gentlemen confront her and start kicking and punching her. Then they rape her. Not just once, but twice. She cries out, looking away, and begging them to stop. As she looks up at the heavens above for guidance, she screams for her dad. When the attack ended, the men tossed her aside in the ditch, leaving her in hopes she will die. All the citizens in the town knew of these men as drunks; people that committed crimes and broke the law, like it was ok to do. What they
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In Billy and James’s situation, they drank, did drugs and committed crimes. They often seem to have no idea who or what they are, where they belong or where they want to go. To someone in this situation, it is more acceptable to them to assume a negative identity than none at all. Tonya Hailey was indeed what people would call normal. She was a fine young girl that was smart, quiet, and was really focused in life. She allegedly had goals and was ok with her appearance in the world. She was not confused of who she was or why she was placed in this culture. She was one that would grow up and get married, have beautiful children and live life like any other “normal” citizen during these times. Billy and James seeing this confidence and successful achievement, they took it upon themselves to slash at it and try to destroy this power she may have held over them. What they did was out of hatred, confusion, and most of all evil. Billy and James were two men that were not like any other. Men that were born with no clue of why, thinking they are in the wrong place and defiantly the wrong time. They were confused about who they were and what they should be, not accepting themselves or others that appeared to be above them in dignity. If these men were born in a well acceptance cultural based setting, they may have lived a happier life and may have taken it upon themselves to

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