By John Grisham
The novel The Chamber, by John Grisham, is an emotional account of a lawyer's
struggle to liberate his racist grandfather from death row. This attorney not
only battles to save a life but skirmishes against of the most debated topics of
modern society: capital punishment. Along with other controversial issues such
as euthanasia and abortion, capital punishment has raised much turmoil amongst
many institutions both political and religious. Yet, the underlining question
is: Is it valid? In sentencing an individual to capital punishment, society is
ending the life of a person. In ending this life do we find justice or a
quenching of our thirst for revenge? Does a mortal crime such as murder justify
the need for capital punishment? These questions and many more are constantly
asked and discussed when determining the morality of capital punishment. Are we
not committing the same crime of murder in ending a sentenced life? Why is
society so violent that even our forms of justice involve violence? Society is
constantly yearning for peace and tranquility, a nation where crime and sin are
nonexisting, yet in an attempt to extinguish the immoral, man restores society
by carrying out suitable punishment of the same or of even magnitude. Logically,
if we consider murder or killing immoral then capital punishment must also be
immoral. On other hand. Maybe this form of punishment must be an essential part
of society. Maybe, we must eliminate any threat to society by any means
including the ending of their life. In conclusion, capital punishment may or not
be a valid form of reprimand. In justifying and determining its validity,
society must take views from both sides, the victims of the murdered and the
victims of the condemned. Finally, does man have the right, by nature, to
determine whether or not another man deserves to live?