Capital Punishment in “Two Fisherman”

When someone has done something illegal, they are punished for their actions. In Canada people convicted of major crimes are sent to jail and some are there for the rest of their lives. It was not always like this as 41 years ago, serious offenders were executed. Capital Punishment was abolished in Canada in 1976. If “Two Fisherman” took place in Canada it would be before the mid-1960s. In 1966, Capital Punishment was limited to those who murdered police officers. In the short story Thomas Delaney killed the man who sexually assaulted his wife.

Thomas Delaney was sentenced to death for killing the man who attacked his wife. Although he was trying to defend and avenge his wife, he did kill a man. Hanging Delaney was wrong because even though he killed, it was to protect his wife. He should have been sent to jail to pay for his crimes instead.