Capital Punishment in “Two Fishermen”

Capital Punishment in Canada has been a very important theme that has been in debate for years. Starting in 1865, crimes of murder, treason, and rape were punished by death of the accused person. As the years passed, the crimes that “deserved” this punishment, changed. From a capital offense, being the killing of an officer or guard in the course of duty, to just the murder of an officer on duty, were actions that lead to the criminal to go on a death row. However, Canada decided in 1976 to remove the capital punishment , and instead, punishing the criminal with a life sentence without possibility of parole for 25 years for a first-degree murder.

In the story “Two fishermen” by Morley Callaghan, a capital punishment is taken place in the town. If the story had taken place in Canada, it would have been in the late 1800’s because Thomas Delaney was being accused of the murder of another citizen and was punished by being hanged.

Personally, I do not think Thomas Delaney deserved to be killed. He didn’t have the right to take someone else’s life, even if it was an act of defense towards the man. His crime should be taken to court and he should receive a life sentence in jail, but not capital punishment.

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