Dead Man Walking


The motion picture provided a non-fiction insight into
the world of crime, justice, and capital punishment. The film cast several
characters from different backgrounds and opinion sets in direct conflict with
one another. Several small topics and one major topic, capital punishment, were
explored over the duration of the movie. While the opinions and reactions of
people to Dead Man Walking may vary, the one constant is that people will have
a reaction.

Sister Helen Preje, the Catholic nun, appeared to be a genuinely
concerned person who took a real interest in the condemned prisoner. She came
from a strong background but chose to "give back" to others. Sister Helen
explained her ...

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she persisted, showing what
love and, in a way, courage could do under such dire circumstances. Through it
all, she did it with spirit, life, vitality, and strength. Her relationship
with the convict, Matthew Poncelet, was on two levels. The first was as a
friend and confidant. Sister Helen was the first to truly explore Matthew for
Matthew. Others tried to learn about him, but only to vilify or condemn him.
The second level was as a messenger of religion, a messenger of God. For the
very first time, Matthew was given the opportunity to realize his worth as a
human, and his worth in the eyes of God. Through this understanding, he was
able to realize the value of all human life, including those who he murdered.
Sister Helen's relationship with the families of Matthew and the victims was
honest and up-front. She approached each with a hopeful attitude, trying to
understand them while also trying to give them peace. In each instance, she was
uncertain and apprehensive. This ...

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the truth, he learned the value
of life and of love. He said in his final few hours, "…I needed to die to find
love…" But, in the end, he appeared to truly accept his actions, the
repercussions of his actions, and his fate. He was truly sorry and changed in
the end.

Earl Delacroix was the father of the teenage boy who was murdered by
Matthew Poncelet. He harbored a lot of hatred and sadness because of the
slaying. To make matters worse, the murder of his son caused a rift between
Earl and his wife, eventually leading to the filing of divorce papers. In a way,
Matthew Poncelet killed Earl's son, his marriage, and his heart. Anyone whose
interpersonal relationships have been ...

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