Execution by electricity has always been debatable since the time it was first used with the first victim, William Kemmler, to today. Many people around the world in 1890 did not have electricity. Because of this, the electric chair was new to almost all humans. During this time, many people had only heard of the little electrical things such as power streetcars and street lights. Murders were also a very uncommon thing to happen during this time. The crimes people do can never be explained, and some can never be forgiven, like William Kemmler, the first to be sentenced to death by the electric chair. Kemmler is a huge part in history. Being the first to get legally killed will always be a huge part in history, not only because
She thinks that Karl thought that somehow all of his bad deeds would have been dismissed if Simon would have forgiven him and if that was intended then it would be considered “A narcissistic rather than a moral act” (Gordon 152). Gordon thinks that it was wrong of Karl, the Nazi to ask for forgiveness because Simon is just one Jew who does not represent all of them also because Simon can not spiritually fix Karl’s issues with God. The reason why Karl can’t use Simon’s forgiveness is because Simon is not a priest or closer to God than any other normal human being. Gordon said that if the German really wanted forgiveness and to show that he was actually worthy than he should’ve put himself in the shoes of one of the Jews and go and work in a concentration camp so “He could die in the miserable circumstances of those in whose name he is asking forgiveness” (Gordon 153). Gordon has stated that she would have not forgiven the SS Nazi officer, and she is strongly indicating that she is not neutral with the situation, but
I was a boy in Belsen by Tomi Reichental is a story that invokes an incredible range of emotions in one’s self and makes us question the nature of humans. The book written by Tomi, to paint a picture of an era in history that shook the world asks to be read, it is a must. This is an inspirational story of courage, bravery and ones determination to survive against all odds. In this book we as readers are transported through time With Tomi, he draws us into his unbelievable and incredible story, he takes us from childhood, Bergen-Belsen, his adulthood life, the move to the Homeland of Jews, Israel, how he ended up in Ireland and even his relationships, which gives us an all-round view from an Inside perspective on Tomi’s journey.
As one grows from infant to adult an even elderly ages, we experience many events in life. One only grows from mistakes that are inevitable to happen. Like the Yin Yang theory, for instance, shadow cannot exist without light. Therefor forgiveness comes into play, it is define as the action or process of forgiving or being forgiven. In The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal the questions is asked by Wiesenthal, what would you do? If a dying Nazi soldier ask for your forgiveness? Forgiveness unfortunately can be influence by religious belief, psychological, and political point of view. One is always capable of asking or giving forgiveness to another, whether it is granted or not, the answer it often influenced.
“The Seventh Man” by Haruki Murakami is a short story about something that happened in the Seventh Man’s childhood. The narrator and K., his best friend, lived in the Province of S. One day, a big storm hit their town. When they were in the eye of the storm, they decided to go to the beach. Unfortunately, a tsunami hit while they were there. The narrator was able to make it out alive, but K. did not. The narrator was traumatized ever since that day, and he still felt that way after 40 years. The narrator definitely feels guilty, but should he forgive himself for not saving K.? He should forgive himself because K. was too late to realize that the wave was coming.
“Unbroken”, the story of an unforetold tale which includes a young man, who went by the name Louis Zamperini. Louis starts off in his birthplace of New York in 1917, then growing up in his hometown area of Torrance, California with his family after moving in 1919, two years after Louis birth. He was a young boy of Italian descent, living with father Anthony, mother Louise, sisters Sylvia & Virginia, and older brother, Pete.
Imagine you in a concentration camp being a prisoner and the amount of food you receive is little to none. Where the bed you sleep on is harder than a rock and the clothes you go to sleep in is the same clothes that you wore while working. Where you have to witness families being torn apart and you can not do anything about it. Well in the book The Sunflower that how it happened to the jews but apart from that there was a decision that had to be made. Simon a jew prisoner was begged for forgivenes by a SS soldier. Karl the SS soldier begged Simon for forgiveness as he killed a lot of jews. Simon decided that walking away was the right thing to do and I agree. I would have done the same as Simon due to the fact that mass murder can not be forgiven.
The responsibility of deciding whether Karl’s apology was sincere, or if the actions he committed would be pardonable by Wiesenthal, or anyone for that matter, was now Simon’s decision. This moment in time was one which had an impact around the world. The question aroused by the events of “the Sunflower,” led to thousands placing themselves in Simon’s shoes, and deciding whether to forgive or resent the dying Nazi. For myself, the answer to this question was difficult; to pardon one who had a hand in the massacre of a religious group, in this case my own , or forgive a man who seems to have ridden himself with guilt, and now awaits demise. If I were Simon, I would have replied to Karl, “ God is forgiving; he will know if you are truly apologetic, and he will decide whether to forgive you.” When given the task of finding an answer, I observed the opinion of several others. I made sure that the answer would not imply in anyway if Simon did forgive him, yet it would relieve Karl. I based my answer on religious views of forgiveness , and the philosophy behind
While Immaculee is in the bathroom, praying with her father’s rosary, she finds herself having a difficult time forgiving the Hutu killers. “But try as I might, I couldn’t bring myself to pray for the killers. That was a problem because I knew that God expected us to pray for everyone, and more than anything,
Being one of the reasons someone believes in the goodness of people is quite an extraordinary achievement one that, according to Plutarch, Agis fully accomplished. He, from the beginning, asks the question of what a good man looks like. Stated quite early in the book, Plutarch says that “The man, indeed, whose goodness is complete and perfect will have no need at all of glory.” Agis got his glory, obvious in the writing of this book, but he still didn’t have a burning desire of it. Plutarch applies his own logic and belief to this fact simply by writing that with the right nurturing and care a great man can prevail who knows that all that is glorious may not be good. This book brilliantly written by Plutarch has the common theme of Agis’ life,
Heroes are not always apparent in stories; the common saying “not all heros wear capes” is very true. In everyday life, we see people we might call heros for various reasons- the firefighter who saved the people from a burning building, the police officer who comes just in time before the bank robber escapes with the money, the doctor in the ER who saved a person’s life after a car crash- the acts are all out there. But heroism lies deeper than just insane acts of bravery in other’s eyes, but in the person’s own eyes as well.
“Forgive them, they know not what they do,” God whispered in Immaculee’s ear. Immaculee, a Tutsi Rwandan girl, was huddled in a incredibly tiny bathroom filled with seven other young ladies hiding from mass murderers trying to kill every Tutsi in the country. She struggled day and night trying to forgive the killers, but could only think of hatred for them until God said those words in her ear. She opened her heart to him and was saved by his loving mercy. Immaculee viewed being spared and being saved as different and through Immaculee’s story she showed me that we have to love and forgive others even if they have hurt us.
I don’t know why I am here. How could I have let my self get to this point, I thought to myself. Not only do I regret my past decision’s, but I am begging for forgiveness. As I am speaking with these young children of the state, they give me mysterious looks. Looks of judgement. “Well I am here today to tell you why I got to place I did, but why I decided that counseling was the best decision for my health. First off, I’d like you to know that not everyone goes down this cruel path, but let me tell you, once you do, it is hard to turn back.”
The article Susan B. Anthony Dares to Vote! and the play The Watsons Go to Birmingham share the common theme of being different. For example, in The Watsons Go to Birmingham, they are not allowed to sit up front in a movie theater. In Susan B. Anthony Dares to Vote she is voting illegally because of her gender. These themes are shown differently in each text because in Susan B. Anthony Dares to Vote! Susan takes an extreme risk of breaking the law to show that women should have the same rights as men. In The Watson Go to Birmingham, Byron and Kenny go into a restaurant, unknowing that they will get yelled at and told to go to the back or get arrested.
Through healthy relationships, our lives become enriched. When we have the glory of sharing everyday of our lives with another person who cares about us then all troubles seem small. A life partner is someone who supports and struggles side by side with us. These healthy relationships allows us to never be alone in our tasks that sometimes may mount up and swallow us. Our friends, family, and spouses enrich our lives simply through their love for us. The convicted felon who killed a woman and child did not have an enriched childhood through an abusive relationship with his father that taught him love is pain. It was only when he was in prison that the family of the mother and child that he killed “gave him the best lesson about love” (5:45). They showered him with love and forgiveness and built a relationship with him. Through this special healthy relationship,