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DEAD MAN WALKING 2
Dead Man Walking
Introduction
Dead Man Walking by Tim Robbins, tells of the friendship that is forged between a nun
and a prisoner sentenced to death. It is based on real events and the script is an adaptation of the
book written by Helen Perjean, the protagonist of the story that, in the film retains the same
name and is brilliantly interpreted by Susan Sarandon. The movie is not only about friendship. It
goes deeper to evaluate why death penalty is not the best means of punishing criminals. The
analysis of the film is based on thesis statement that while some criminals deserves to be
punished severely, death penalty is not the best option because it is unethical, unfair, unjust and
does not solve the root causes of crime.
Body/analysis
The movie explores why the death penalty must be illegal in modern society by giving
one of the characters a death row, Mathew Poncelet. The story begins in an immigrant
neighborhood in Louisiana, where Sister Helen Prejean (Susan Sarandon) works. She received
the call from Matthew Poncelet (Sean Penn), a convict sentenced to death for the rape and
murder of two teenagers, who claims to be innocent. In that call, the prisoner asks Sister Helen as
a spiritual advisor for spiritual help. Ignoring the criticism of public opinion, the families of the
victims and the suspicion of her bishop, the sister goes to jail to meet Poncelet and try to
discover if he is really innocent or if he simply wants to take advantage of it. After talking with
him and investigating, she realizes that he is not only guilty of the crimes he is accused of, but
also that he does not regret anything. In this situation, Sister Helen realizes that the families of

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Running Head: DEAD MAN WALKING Dead Man Walking Name Institution DEAD MAN WALKING 2 Dead Man Walking Introduction Dead Man Walking by Tim Robbins, tells of the friendship that is forged between a nun and a prisoner sentenced to death. It is based on real events and the script is an adaptation of the book written by Helen Perjean, the protagonist of the story that, in the film retains the same name and is brilliantly interpreted by Susan Sarandon. The movie is not only about friendship. It goes deeper to evaluate why death penalty is not the best means of punishing criminals. The analysis of the film is based on thesis statement that while some criminals deserves to be punished severely, death penalty is not the best option because it is unethical, unfair, unjust and does not solve the root causes of crime. Body/analysis The movie explores why the death penalty must be illegal in modern society by giving one of the characters a death row, Mathew Poncelet. The story begins in an immigrant neighborhood in Louisiana, where Sister Helen Prejean (Susan Sarandon) works. She received the call from Matthew Poncelet (Sean Penn), a convict sentenced to death for the rape and murder of two teenagers, who claims to be innocent. In that call, the prisoner asks Sister Helen as a spiritual advisor for spiritual help. Ignoring the criticism of public opinion, the families of the victims and the suspicion of her bishop, the sister goes to jail to meet Poncelet and try to discover if he is ...
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