September 20, 2005

Justice is Served

Robbins and Prejean, Dead Man Walking: The Shooting Script -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

I think that this play would have been better if it was told as a story. I would have liked it much better if it was not a shooting script and just a regular book or play. I do not think that stage directions and such were important as I was reading the script.

Besides what I mentioned above, I think that this was a play that spoke to everyone who read it. I am one of the most negative people when it comes to how criminal should be treated and this book had a way of showing that they are still people also. It did not change my mind about how I feel they should be treated but it let me realize that maybe it is important for people to be on the criminals side also like Sister Helen. She knew that he was wrong but she stook by him and that is what being a "catholic" means.

I also felt that this story ties into CST because many of the principles to follow were the principles that Sister Helen actually did following. This script taught showed me how you should treat people whether its justified or not. I personally did like the ending because I believe he did get what he deserved because it does not matter why he raped and killed, it was the fact that he did do it and admitted to it. I didn't have any sympathy for him, but I did feel sorry for Sister Helen and the family of Matt.

Posted by GinaBurgese at September 20, 2005 01:37 PM | TrackBack

I too noticed a few principles of Catholic Social Teaching throughout the play. I think "Human Dignity" played a big role, especially towards the end.

Posted by: Amanda at September 20, 2005 03:25 PM
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