Is Any Killing Justified ?

Topics: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Albatross, Murder Pages: 3 (908 words) Published: May 5, 2013
Although everyone has a different opinion about whether or not any killing is morally justified, my outlook on this topic is no, no killing is ever really justified. As a believer in the Catholic faith, it is my duty is to live by the 10 Commandments, and commandment number 5 is “You Shall Not Kill.” This is unfortunately not seen in the epic poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, as well as in today’s heated debates over euthanasia, abortion or even capital punishment. In “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” killing is not justified, and in cases of euthanasia, abortion, or capital punishment killing is not justified either, but some people continue to commit those evil acts despite their morality. In the epic poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” the mariner kills the albatross for no apparent reason. The author never stated why the mariner shot the bird with his crossbow. The killing of the bird at a time when the bird seemed to act as a “good luck charm” remains pointless. The death of the albatross eventually makes the mariner realize that all types of life is special and sacred, even the “slimy creatures of the sea.” When the bird was first slaughtered, the crew condemned the mariner’s cruel act, saying he had “killed the bird that made the breeze blow.” Throughout this poem the mariner showed he felt remorse after killing the albatross. Because the mariner felt guilt proves that he knows he did the wrong thing and he seemed genuinely sorry for his cruel act. “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” shows how no killing is

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ever justified because there was no apparent reason of why the man killed the bird. There are three controversial topics, among many others that are in my opinion, not justified. First is euthanasia, according to James D. Torr. "euthanasia" is a broad term for mercy killing, or taking the life of a hopelessly ill or injured individual in order to end his or her suffering. Euthanasia seems to...

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