Capital Punishment in “Two Fishermen”

The capital punishment (death penalty) is a punishment of killing someone for crime. There are many kinds of death penalty which is inhuman in ancient world. During the development of society, capital punishment is getting more and more humanistic. And now, most of countries canceled death penalty. In Canada, the death penalty started with crimes of murder, treason and rape. In 1914, there was a plan of cancel the death penalty, but it was unsuccessful. In 1962, the last execution took place in Canada and Capital punishment was limited to the killing of on-duty police officers and prison guards, in 1966. After a long period of discussion, the death penalty was abolished in 2001.  In the story “Two Fishermen” by Morley Callaghan, Thomas Delaney was hanged because he killed his wife’s molester, assume the setting is in Canada, then it may happened around 1930 because during that time, crimes will be killed for murder.

In the story “Two Fishermen” by Morley Callaghan, Thomas Delaney became a murder because he killed the man who was trying to molest his wife. His act showed that his was trying to protect his wife and it is for justice. Based on the context, Thomas Delaney is not a person who will hurt others initiatively, therefore the action of molesting is the reason of he against the molester. I believe that he should be punished and reflect on his mistakes but he shouldn’t be hanged.


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