As societal crime rate continues to escalate, the epidemic of homicides and mass murders remains a prevalent social problem. Thus, the emergence of serial killers has caused alarm among many criminologists and psychologists. Serial killers usually have an impulsive desire to kill for no particular reason, which makes it difficult for law enforcement and criminal professionals to understand their motives. Thus, the motives of serial killers have led to heated debates and challenged the nature vs. nurture theory. Many scientists believe that serial killers are genetically incline to commit murders, while criminologists associate violent crimes to childhood and surroundings.
The threat of Communism and the Red Scare put fear of group mentality into many people during the late 1940-50s. The authors of 1984 and The Crucible used their respective works to comment on the social injustice going on in their own lives, which connects to injustice the exists throughout time anywhere in the world. Miller wrote his play, set in 1692, about Puritans and the Salem witch trials because he believed that, similar to his trial for HUAC in the 1950s, the trials in Salem were caused by false accusations and mass hysteria led by powerful individuals. In 1984, Orwell creates a world in the near future that shows group mentality and its threat to conform society with the government. In The Crucible, Arthur Miller illustrates a world
The Legendary Duo: Bonnie and Clyde In the 1930’s, people would be entranced by anything that got their minds off of the overwhelming Great Depression. They watched movies and read magazines and newspapers. One of America’s favorite “stories” to follow in the papers was the ongoing manhunt for a certain couple: Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. While Bonnie and Clyde were known by some to be friendly, cordial people, they are legendary for being wanted criminals; spending the last years of their lives gracing the news headlines with bank robberies, car thefts, and murder. Both Bonnie and Clyde were stuck with tough lives to live from the very start.
Serial killers are very well-know people because of their gruesome murders that they commit. The definition of a serial killer is “a person who commits a series of murders, often with no apparent motive and typically following a characteristic, predictable behavior pattern” (“Oxford Definitions”). One person, whom some may think does not fit that description of a serial killer was Richard Kuklinski. Richard Kuklinski, seen by many people as more of a mobster because of his involvement with the mafia, was indeed a serial killer. Even though he was a hitman, he matched the definition of a serial killer.
Psychotic Greed Throughout history, greed has been a prevalent factor in motivating humans to commit cruel crimes. Horrific events like the Holocaust, the Cultural Revolution, and The Trail of Tears all involved leaders who prioritized power, money, and land over basic human rights. This concept is further displayed in the James M. Cain 1935 classic noir novel Double Indemnity through the actions of the main character Phyllis Nirdlinger. Phyllis values materialistic items and money which causes her to murder ruthlessly. In Double Indemnity, Cain uses characterization of Phyllis Nirdlinger to convey how greed can be a motivator for inhumane actions in even those who appear to have compassion.
Cullen and Capote both wrote stories that depicted two very similar settings. They both inform us about murders that happen in places that you wouldn 't think could happen. Columbine tells us about two typical teenage boys who turn into raging psychopaths. In Cold Blood reveals how the desire for money can drive two adult men into madness. Eric and Dick both had plans to kill.
O’Connor’s trait of violence is used throughout to reveal the corrupt and criminal world that emanates the need for salvation. The violence that we do not get to see for ourselves are the crimes the Misfit committed before the story began. The story begins with the grandmother telling Bailey to “read here what it says he did to these people’” (O’Connor 575). These crimes are violent murders that the Misfit committed beforehand. This displays the criminal world that we live in.
The Prohibition Era increased the organized crime rate and caused great tension between numerous people. In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby is assumed a bootlegger and Meyer Wolfshiem is an intensive gambler and dealer. Both these characters portray important roles involved in organized crime. Organized crime is the criminal activity that is planned and controlled by powerful groups and carried out on a larger scale. This definition is proven accurate through research and The Great Gatsby.
According to the National Crime “The number of 17 year olds arrested for murder climbed 121%”. How many of teens including adults do their time and come out worse, a 68% of 405,000 prisoners release were arrested for a new crime within three years of release. With that being said how do we know weather they will change when they come out. Not only will other children be in danger but people or family members that surround him or her. A 13 year old boy shot an 8 year old girl for her not letting him see her puppy.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment is a harrowing account of a double murder, as committed by the mentally unstable Raskolnikov. Filled with complex imagery, intense character development, and deeply involved psychology, the novel is an incredibly rich source of literary wealth. The murder happens relatively early in the novel, which leaves the majority of its weight to be carried by the interactions and thoughts of characters as consequences of the murders. Dostoyevsky uses these interactions, the most involved of which occur between Raskolnikov and Sonia, to describe two significant aspects of crime. The first is that crime acts like a rippling effect, branching out from a single source and affecting things that are seemingly unrelated.
Whereas, the poor 's punishment for minor crimes cause them to believe they are truly criminals. Therefore, with this newly attach label, they must "live up" to it and show their deviance. This can all be shown through media; nowadays, crime, murders, and robberies are all you hear about on the news. As a result, this encourages people to deviate from the norms in order to "achieve fame." The same goes for death penalty, anyone on death row makes national news and can be talked about for days, weeks, or even