Synthesis Essay

Topics: Murder, Homicide, Life imprisonment Pages: 2 (590 words) Published: May 21, 2014
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Murders are unacceptable in our society. People think murders are never justified. However, in some situations, people kill others for reasons that they think are warranted. The newspaper article “Compassionate homicide: The law and Robert Latimer” and the short story “Gentlemen, your verdict” offer two perspectives on this issue. They are both good examples of where murders are justified. In “Gentlemen your Verdict”, the captain poisoned 15 unmarried men so that 5 married men could live. The Captain did not kill 15 men and himself for no reason, because there was only enough oxygen left on the submarine for only 5 crew before help arrived, the captain was forced to make a difficult decision. Therefore he chose to sacrifice the lives of the single men so that the 15 married men could survive. Allowing these 5 men to survive is a way of honoring the dead, if no one survives then their story would be lost at sea. What the captain did was for the greater benefit, allowing all the married men alive saves the lives of the families as well. The captain left the final sentence to the 5 married men: “Gentlemen, it is for you to decide, guilty or not guilty” (p.25), the captain said this because he was absolutely responsible for killing 15 men but he was also justified because I feel that he made the right choice in this moral dilemma. This is why we can’t just say the captain is guilty. In “Compassionate homicide: The law and Robert Latimer”. Robert Latimer killed his daughter because he could not bear to watch her suffer from a severe form a cerebral palsy. Robert planned this murder in order to save his daughter from a life of suffering.He was charged with first-degree murder but convicted of second-degree murder one year later. After a lengthy debate, they came up with the term “Compassionate homicide.” Latimer was charged with second degree murder, he was released from jail after 10 years. The case is so...

Cited: Bruce,M.(1973). “Gentlemen Your Verdict”. Tigers of the Snow(pp.p.21-27).Toronto:Thomas Nelson and Sons.
Compassionate homicide:The Law and Robert Latimer”.(2010,December 6). CBC News.Retrieved March 4,2013,from http;//www,cbc,ca/news/canada/story/2010/12/06/f-robert -latimer-compassionate-homicide.html
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