CrimeandPassion - Hagedon 1 Steven Hagedon Olga Geissler...

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Steven Hagedon Olga Geissler English 102-053 18 Feb. 2008 Crime and Passion: Synonymous of One Another Throughout human civilization, two things have always worked to break down centralized government: crime and passion. Crime and passion are normally not associated with each other; however, with author Ken Lamberton being incarcerated, he is able to relate these two human characteristics. These words describe a certain aspect of mankind: passion not only is a human emotion, but also a characteristic of breaking the law, which is seen as many as a crime. It is through passion that humans are capable of committing crimes against one another and against God. Lamberton not only expresses his feelings of being incarcerated, but also tries to express how passion, through use of different types of art, is linked to criminals and the criminal mind. In Ken Lamberton’s narrative, “Crimes and Passion,” the ability to express one’s emotional persona through music, bodywork, and writing is not only art, but also a passion for life and a way to live. Through Lamberton’s detailed description of music, body art, and writing and poetry, the reader gets a sense of passion that Lamberton has for different styles of art. This in turns helps Lamberton to connect to the reader on a level in which he is able to express the similarities between the outside world and that which exists within a detention center. The ability to play and express one’s self through the art of music is not only talent, but also a passion for the trait of playing musical instruments. Lamberton not only was able to connect to people within his prison cell at Santa Rita, but also connected with the passion his 1
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cellmates had for the art of music. “Or men like Juan, a black rapper convicted of drug possession, who, in his cell, wrote and recorded songs that a local Christian radio station played on the air. Music was an enormous part of the men’s lives at Santa Rita” (Lamberton 171). Not only did Juan use his talent of rapping to express his feelings, but also he was also able to produce his music. His productions played over the radio, including a Christian station. This tells Lamberton, and the audience, that Juan loves to rap and through this love, rapping became his passion. Rapping allows Juan to express what he is feeling and allows him to keep going everyday inside the confines of prison. Prison can be a desolate place where the lower-end of society lives, but also a place where those who have made a mistake can take a look at their life and determine what is important.
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course ENGL 102 taught by Professor Bivona during the Spring '08 term at Arizona.

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