Summary: Explores Harper Lee's novel, To Kill A Mocking Bird. Considers how main character Atticus Finch embodies the definition of courage.
Atticus risks his own well-being numerous times in order to stay true to his values. His pursuit of righteousness reveals that he does have real courage. In the beginning of the story, Atticus, a lawyer, is assigned to defend Tom Robinson, a...
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Euthanasia Essay: Mercy Killing or Murder?
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Euthanasia: Mercy Killing or Murder?
We, as humans, are mortal beings. Our life span is finite. Even though we are mortal, we try to hang onto our lives as long as we can; fear of death and wanting to live forever are, after all, part of human nature. Sometimes, however, the field of medicine capitalizes on this aspect of humanity. While it is certainly true that one goal of medicine has always been to prolong life, another goal has been the alleviation of pain and suffering. One point at which these two views collide is over the hotly debated issue of euthanasia.
Euthanasia, or "mercy killing," as it has been called, is certainly not an issue with just two sides. There are many shades of gray involved, so…show more content…
On the other hand, there are also certainly cases where euthanasia is a less painful alternative to what may otherwise lie ahead. In most of these cases, the disease will end up killing the individual anyway, so why prolong pain by putting people with incurable illnesses on life support? After all, as stated before, one of the main goals of medicine is to alleviate pain and suffering. If there is no cure to an illness, and the treatments, as well as the disease are painful, why put the individual, and the family, through financial and emotional anguish?
One problem many of the opponents of euthanasia have with such "mercy killing" is that it is killing, and, to many, this constitutes murder. To murder, however, by definition, is "to kill brutally or inhumanly,"(American Heritage Dictionary.) It is possible that very few of the mercy killings that have occurred over the years have been murder; however, suicide would probably be a better word. After all, it is, in most cases, the individual with the disease is the one who make the final decision. Furthermore, is it brutal or inhuman to end somebody's life when it is clear that the life they are living is a life of pain and suffering? By the dictionary definition of murder, it seems that forcing someone to die in pain rather than trying to do something about this would be closer to