Capital Punishment is a death sentence for criminals. It started in Canada in 1865 and was only used for the crimes of Murder, Treason, and rape in Upper and Lower Canada. In 1962 this changed as the charges were premeditated murder and a murder of a police officer, guard, or warden in the course of duty. In 1962, The last two executions were on Arthur Lucas and Robert Thurpin who both committed murder. The Death Penalty could be carried out by lethal injection, electric chair, gas chamber, shooting squad, and hangings. There isn’t a death penalty anymore as it was abolished in 1976 in Canada, but is still used in countries like the United States and China. In the “Two Fishermen” by Morley Callaghan, Thomas Delaney is sentenced to death for the murder of ‘old’ Matthew Rhinehart, who he had caught molesting his wife. If this was in Canada this would be in the time period before 1976 as ti was abolished at that time, but the last two executions were in the year 1962. That means that Thomas Delaney would have been executed before 1962.


Thomas Delaney was charged for murder in “Two Fishermen” by Morley Callaghan and was sentenced to death. I don’t feel like this should be the case as he was defending his wife. Matthew Rhinehart was caught raping Thomas Delaney’s wife by Thomas himself. Thomas defended his wife and eventually killed Matthew. In the end he was charged for unpremeditated murder as it wasn’t a planned killing. I don’t believe this should be the case as he saw that his wife couldn’t do anything to defend herself and he had stepped in to help stop Matthew from doing some bad things to his Wife. Another reason that he had committed the murder is, what was he supposed to do? Watch and do nothing about it, or intervene and stop the abuse. I feel like Thomas Delaney should’ve been recognized as the hero instead of the criminal.



Capital Punishment in “Two fishermen”
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