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Is suicide Justifiable?

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Is suicide Justifiable

Introduction “Suicide ” is conveniently defined , for our purposes , as doing something which results in one ‘s death , either from the intention of ending one ‘s life or the intention to bring about some other state of affairs (such as relief from pain ) which one thinks it certain or highly probable can be achieved only by means of death or will produce death (Brandt , 1975 br

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Though this is the theme of ‘night Mother , initially produced by the American [banner_entry_middle]

Repertory Theatre in Cambridge , Massachusetts in 1982 , ran for eleven months on Broadway , opening in March 1983 . It , too , was in essence a conversation between two people , a mother and daughter revealing aspects of their past and probing their sense of abandonment This time , though , the stakes are higher . It is literally a matter of life and death as the mother , Thelma , struggles greatly to stop her daughter , Jessie , from committing suicide , a decision which she announces within minutes of the play beginning

As Norman asserts ‘It is only in the last year that Jessie has gained control of her mind and body , and tonight , she is determined to hold onto that control ‘night Mother ,

. 4 . That concept of control however , central to the play and to Norman , is essentially ambiguous because of the obvious self-destructiveness which it serves . Anorexics it is presumed , starve themselves to death not merely because their personal perception of themselves is so at odds with their physical reality but as this is the one area in their lives where they feel they have control . Feeling themselves failures in so many other respects this , at least , is a district where they determine their own fate

Historical Argument about suicide

Though , there are many view on suicide but The historical selections on suicide begin with a prosuicide essay by Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 B .C .E .-C .E . 65 , a Roman philosopher and Stoic who was blamed of conspiring to kill Nero and who consequently committed suicide upon the emperor ‘s command . Seneca emphasizes considerations of quality of life over mere subsistence and recommends dying well as an escape from the ills of living . Human beings have the power and liberty (the right ) to way out life when they so choose , and as his gladiator example illustrates , even “the foulest death is preferable to the cleanest slavery ” If the cruel can “insult death ” all the more appropriate for the virtuous to put a period to their lives . Seneca believed it was illegal to live by robbery , but dignified to die by stealing one ‘s own life

St . Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274 ) argues against suicide , which he claims is a breach of self-love , love of neighbor or society , and a breach of God ‘s dominion over us . Paradoxically , like Seneca , he sees suicide as having features related to theft – but the suicide steals God ‘s gift of life and so embezzles the property that belongs to God . Like Seneca Aquinas… [banner_entry_footer]

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