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Sister Helen Prejean

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Sister Helen Prejean, Chapter 6 f murder is wrong ... then [it’s] wrong for everyone, not just individuals but governments as well. Sources: The Guardian, New York Times, Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc. Marlboro Man Represents Robert Willie’s tough, macho attitude Despair Sign Symbolizes hope and fate for prisoners Bible Passages Represent moral authority and relationships with God Symbols Lawyer dedicated to helping death row inmates avoid execution Millard Farmer Convicted murderer sentenced to death; meets Sister Prejean before being executed by electric chair Robert Willie Convicted murderer; meets Sister Prejean while on death row and dies by electric chair Patrick Sonnier Catholic nun; opposes the death penalty and helps both inmates and victims’ families Sister Helen Prejean Main Characters Prejean began her work as a spiritual adviser to death row inmates when she started exchanging letters with Patrick Sonnier and Robert Willie. Prejean’s experiences with the two men led her to write Dead Man Walking and become a leading advocate for abolishing the death penalty SISTER HELEN PREJEANBORN 1939 Author Injustice surrounds the death penalty, and those who impose it must be accountable. Injustice & Accountability Prejean helps victims’ families work through their grief and forgive murderers. Retribution & Forgiveness Death row inmates must take responsibility and feel remorse for their crimes. Responsibility & Remorse Sister Helen Prejean opposes the death penalty, and her opposition grows as she works with death row inmates. Her experiences show her how unjustly the death penalty is applied in our society. Prejean offers her deep compassion and understanding to both prisoners and victims’ families. The DeathPenalty: Justiceor Injustice? THEMES English Original Language 1993 Year Published Sister Helen Prejean Author Dead ManWalking Memoir Nonfiction

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