Helen Prejean

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  • Unjust System In Dead Man Walking

    Unjust Systems Sister Helen Prejean, in her book Dead Man Walking, uses statistics, stories of injustice, and her childhood experiences to relate discrimination and poverty in cities like New Orleans to the death penalty: both are unfair systems that need to be reformed. Prejean first demonstrates ethos, using anecdotes of her experiences as a white child in the segregated 1950’s to convince the reader of her understanding of discrimination. After ethos, Prejean uses logos in the form of statistics to prove that her argument is legitimate. To tie up her argument, Prejean uses pathos by recalling stories of injustice, making the reader sympathize for the poor black residents of St. Thomas. Prejean precedes her description of the problems in…

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  • Rhetorical Analysis: Dead Man Walking

    and again in 2013, is a first-person subjective narration of her experience as the spiritual advisor of Patrick Sonnier, a death row inmate. Prejean skillfully illustrates the cruelty and corruption of capital punishment in the United States through her involvement with Patrick. Sister Prejean is a nun, who agreed to become spiritual companion for Patrick, at first she was wary of the task, because of Sonnier’s reason of conviction for the rape and murder of 18 year old Loretta Ann Bourque and…

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  • Disobedience In The Civil Rights Movement

    When Sister Helen Prejean wrote the book Dead Man Walking, she was seeking to unmask the illogical ideas behind the death penalty. Her intent was to save prisoners from the horrors of the death penalty, while exposing the faulty reasoning behind it. Prejean’s novel is a wonderful example of disobedience from social norms with positive intentions. However, the riots in 1968 following Martin Luther King Jr’s murder give a tragic example of how progress slows when intent becomes darker. These…

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  • The Importance Of Art In Society

    Today, many like Karen Armstrong, acknowledge the significant role art plays in a community. Throughout her essay, Homo Religiosus, she argues that art, much like religion, has the capability to allow one to temporarily forget and transcend their daily struggles, and rather focus on an ideal future. Maggie Nelson’s essay, Great to Watch, questions how society relates to the world and through what can we do so. Nelson opens her text with a discussion of Sister Helen Prejean, who proposes in her…

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  • Essay On Dead Man Walking

    dilemma, she was comforting him in his time of need, and at the same time she was trying to get him to confess his crime so that he would be forgiven and be able to go to heaven. She also wanted to be able to give some sort of comfort to the victims’ families. She didn’t compromise her beliefs and the duties that she promised to keep. Not many people can separate the two. We are dealing with that daily with corrupt politicians, police, and even school authorities. People trading one for the…

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  • Dead Man Walking

    Many people kept asking Sister Helen why she was helping him. When she went to seek out help because she did not know what to do, they told her that is it not usual for a woman to be doing what she is doing. She accepted to be his spiritual guide through the process leading to his death. The parents of both the the teenagers were shocked that she was willing to help him as well. The role of woman in the helping field is dominant even to this day, especially in the social services field. It was…

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  • Her Arming Trope In Homer's The Iliad

    beauty is believed to have been seduced by Paris, a Trojan prince, and brought over to Troy. Menelaus is understandably enraged by this and wants satisfaction. Thus, the Trojan War commences, a long and onerous plight. Although it seems completely rational to use military force to save such a high-level captive, the fact that the war lasts about twelve years is a bit illogical. It is stressed throughout The Iliad all of the misfortune and unnecessary death that the cumbersome war has caused.…

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  • The Characteristics Of Great Leadership In The Iliad

    Paris has shown many times that he is a coward and will run away when faced with a life or death situation. During the first day of battle Paris challenged the Greeks to a duel, but when Menelaus came to accept the challenge Paris ran back into the Trojan line (III. 15-41). Even after taunting the Greeks Paris runs away back to the Trojans. Paris’s action causes Hector and many others warriors to criticize Paris and call him a coward. Even after he loses the fight and is saved by Aphrodite he…

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  • Heroes And Conflicts In Virgil's The Aeneid

    The Aeneid is bursting with violent acts from the beginning to the end. The main character, Aeneas, faces conflict from both humans and gods. Aeneas is a Trojan hero and prince who embodies pietas, or driven by duty, honor, and devotion, which makes him an example of an ideal Roman citizen. Aeneas was determined to be a successful founder of Rome, but he faced complications along the journey. In each conflict, Aeneas dealt with fighting and violence; therefore, Rome was founded on violent…

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  • Antigone Character Analysis

    Jean Anouilh’s play Antigone is a tragedy inspired by Greek mythology and the play of the same name (Antigone, by Sophocles) from the fifth century B.C. The play Antigone tells the story of a brave girl (one of Oedipus’s daughters) who stands up against the law in order to honor her brother. The play had many important characters without which the meaning would be incomplete. However, there were many minor characters that completed the play and aided the reader’s understanding which leads us…

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