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THEMED RESEARCH PAPER:
VOLUNTARY SUICIDE OF THE MODERN WORLD HISTORY

Voluntary Suicide of the Modern World History

Throughout history, the world has seen and experienced different acts of violence, murder and terrorism. There were armies, groups, and individuals involved in these violent acts. Some of these acts were well thought out while others happened in the moment. The people perpetrating these acts were under the order of their superiors, religious leaders, and political leaders. Others were committing these acts on their own due to their political and/or religious beliefs. In this essay, I will be comparing the individuals that committed martyrdom or voluntary suicide throughout early modern history through the present times. I will explain the reasons for their demise, their background, and what they wanted to accomplish. I will also explain how the act martyrdom/voluntary suicide has changed through time and whether the individuals doing through these acts can truly be considered martyrs for their heroism or suicide terrorists. According to Merriam-Webster, martyrdom means “the suffering of death on account of adherence to a cause and especially to one’s religious faith.” Martyrdom can be one of the terms used to describe those individuals that commit violent acts to themselves to give a message to the world about their religious beliefs. Another term that can also be used describe individuals that commit violent acts is voluntary suicide. Voluntary suicide can be “for the provision of a public good, be it the witnessing of the faith, the victory of one's side in a struggle, or the slaughter of the infidel enemy.” Early History

Prior to the early modern world during medieval times, martyrdom was very common among the Christians during the reign of Diocletian as that did not want to “worship the emperor as divine” so they succumbed to being “tortured, burned, beheaded, or thrown to the wild beasts in the public amphitheaters.” After the Edict...