In societies we punish criminals because that keeps crime away from the general public and creates civilization within people. In Hillaive Belloc’s poem “Jim” and Langston Hughes’ short story “Thank You, M’am” one can see how crimes and punishments are always directly connected to each other. In the society, criminals like thieves and murderers etc. will always get consequences for their actions according to the criminal law we have in our society. But sometimes, depending on the victim who is affected by the criminal, might forgive the criminal and give them another chance to do the right thing.
Both Jim and Roger are both young criminals in the sources, and from them we can see how different seriousness of crime will result in different levels of punishment the criminal deserves. One of the main differences between these two criminals is that they get punished differently. Jim’s crime is that he runs away from his nurse. Supposedly “children never are ...view middle of the document...
One evening Roger tried to steal from a woman who is walking alone, “he ran up behind her and tried to snatch her purse” (p.1, Hughes) and gets caught. Roger is not aware of how stealing is wrong and how he should respect the rights and properties of others.
Crimes and punishments are always directly connected to each other, that is why criminals will always get punishments. Jim’s consequence for leaving the nurse is that is that a lion eats him: “With open jaws, a lion sprang, and hungrily began to eat” (20-21, Belloc). There is always a reason behind the rules of allowances that is set. In here, children never are allowed to leave their nurses in a crowd because of their safety reason. But Jim breaks the rule; he runs away from his nurse and so that he gets the consequence he deserves, no one else could help him when he breaks the rule and is uncivilized.
Unlike Jim, Roger’s punishment is that he is caught and is given a lesson by a woman. He gets consequences for his actions, but the fact he is still young and the woman that he encountered with, saved him from the court and the criminal laws. The woman does not report his crime, but she brings him home to give him a lesson about stealing and honesty instead: “When she got to her door, she dragged the boy inside, down a hall…” (p,1, Hughs) Roger is just lucky that he encounters this stealing crime with this kind-hearted woman, others might have just reported him and brings him to the court to deal with the law punishments.
To conclude, the two young criminals have showed us some facts about human nature. and they have been the perfect examples for it. We aren’t aware of the rules set for the civilization of our society. Human often break rules and steal from others, just to satisfy the needs of one self. Crimes we create are mostly something selfish and something that you would not want to have happened to yourself, so why bother breaking the rules that we are all suppose to follow, or steal stuff from others that might be extremely precious to them? In order to have a civilized society where everything is fair and everybody are happy, we must learn to obey the rules and respect the rights and properties of others. Being a criminal is not right, and you will always get punishment for the crimes you create.