To begin with an omniscient and philosophical frame of reference, crime
civilized society. If there were no laws, society would be uncivilized and in a
chaotic state of anarchy. These laws are decided and administered usually by
elected officials who act as leaders in the society. From the input of the
citizens, they make laws to run the society by. And when a person breaks the
allowed to go cavorting around killing whomever they please, if they did,
civilization would fall. Laws and rules hold us to civilization.
about certain acts; it varies individually. Based on this, one can define a
us feel guilty. Some people do not feel any guilt when committing immoral acts;
these people are deemed psychopaths or sociopaths by society. For example, most
people do not feel guilty when they break the law by speeding, its just a way of
life these days, but with complex ideologies (stealing, killing), we feel guilt
if they are committed. Our consciences also hold us to civilization.
In Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, the laws are already defined in
law they have committed a crime and are eligible for arrest and punishment by
the upholders of law in society, the police. A particular act that is defined
this act is defined as criminal because of the moral and legal implications one
faces when committing it. Most, if not all people in Russia at that time would
agree that murder is defined as a crime.
the mur? der of the old moneylender only for his monetary gain, and her daughter
thought the implications of it over, he matures intellectually and sides with
The particular act of murder is defined as a moral crime by most
wrong, as seen by the people of ?civilized’ civilizations, God, and the police.
In Morrison’s Beloved, the laws are again defined and well established
in Early Nineteenth century rural Ohio, although they are skewed toward white
in this book can be consid? ered criminal acts. The acts of infanticide and
segregation were definitely criminal acts, due to the morals involved. We as
process this information as wrong! That is why it is difficult to extrapolate
Murder and especially infanticide is low-down dirty wrong, as seen by the
majority of this Earth’s population. There may be exceptions to this rule when
infanticide and murder seem justifiable, but then again, there are exceptions to
any and every rule.
the segre? gation and the abusive utilization of a different race as just??? I
thought of these views as acceptable, although a handful questioned the
integrity of these acts with literature and propaganda.
The writing of Beloved constituted sort of a memorial memorandum to
these acts unjustly committed on the African-American people. These people were
repressed and they definitely felt this was a crime. It was not until the
1950’s that Segregation actually legally became a crime.
In More’s Utopia, the laws are strictly established and enforced. Since
this was a ?perfect’ society, there were definitely a plethora of laws. Any
acts that defied these insti? tuted laws were frowned upon as a crime. The
decisions as to which acts are crimes was ultimately up to the maker(s) of the
few free-thinkers who questioned the laws, although specific laws and protests
are unavailable.) The interests of the community were served when laws were
made and certain activities are considered criminal when they break these laws.
But activi? ties are also considered criminal in people’s minds and consciences,
as they learn the rights and wrongs of life.
“The degree of civilization can be judged by observing its prisoners.”