Les Mis\u00e9rables Essay - OLIVO |Page 1 Amalia Olivo Adv Word Lit Mrs Doxsee Les Mis\u00e9rables Essay Les Mis\u00e9rables v Capital Punishment In Victor

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OLIVO |Page 1 Amalia Olivo Adv. Word Lit Mrs. Doxsee Les Misérables Essay Les Misérables v Capital Punishment In Victor Hugo's novel, Les Misérables , the conceptions of morality and law affect how we base our ideas of right and wrong are questioned. Can a modern-day issue be perceived through the lenses of this old influential novel? There is; the problem is of capital punishment which is morally wrong even through the eye of the law. Today’s law systems do not require an unethical punishment such as this. Capital Punishment is the act of executing a criminal for their crimes which is not necessary for it does help society. The Amnesty International Organization has a goal of ending such practice. In their website at the overview of what they stand for, they emphasize that capital punishment does not lower crime rates by stating: “It does not deter crime. Countries who execute commonly cite the death penalty as a way to deter people from committing crime. This claim has been repeatedly discredited, and there is no evidence that the death penalty is any more effective in reducing crime than life imprisonment.” This sort of punishment does not help society. Rather it is pointless. Another reason that is given is that any criminal can make mistakes and turn their life around. “It is irreversible and mistakes happen. Execution is the ultimate, irrevocable punishment: the risk of executing an innocent person can never be eliminated. Since 1973, for example, more than 160 prisoners sent to death row in the USA have later been exonerated or released from death row on grounds of innocence. Others have been executed despite serious doubts about their guilt.” In Les Misérables , after stealing the Bishop’s silvers Jean Valjean is captured but instead of asking the police to take him to jail, the bishop lies and
OLIVO |Page 2 tells Jean that he has bought his soul for God so that he will become an honest man. “‘Forget not never forget that you have promised me to use this silver to become an honest man.’ ” (Hugo 34). Later on, Jean Valjean ends up stealing some money from a child in which he breaks down, “That was his last effort; his knees suddenly bent under him, as if an invisible power

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