'Murmuring Judges’ and ‘In Cold Blood’

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'Murmuring Judges' and 'In Cold Blood'

Through David Hare's play 'Murmuring Judges' and Truman Capote's 'In Cold Blood' we are presented with men who have gone against the system. This system being the law. The law is enforced in our society to protect and provide boundaries in order to prevent anarchy and systematic splintering of social control and order.

So why do we fell sympathy with Gerard McKinnon when he is punished for going against the system? Gerard is the central character in murmuring judges, through Gerard David Hare can show us the audiences what the British justice is really like. Gerard is not just merely a criminal but David presents us a real person. Gerard is a young man striving to provide for his family he has to go against a system to survive within the system. This struggle against the system is a struggle that we the audience can have empathy with. This puts Gerard on the same level as the audience, which will invoke sympathy itself.

"She's not my wife actually. But we have two children. One of them has Down's.... and I'm not sure how they'll keep their heads above water."

Through juxtaposition of characters on stage David hare reveals how brittle the system is and how it relies on prisons to feed the system so that the profession can be paid. Gerard particularly points this out. What the judges do at works has no effect on them but it can change one person's life. It shows s sometimes in the real world that innocent people like Stephen downing can be imprisoned for years for a crime that he did not commit. One person's error is another person's downfall.
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"These men, every one of them silver haired, judicious, informed, they will go home to their wives, to wine in fine glasses and the gossip of the bar, they will walk the streets and complain about their lives, and I. and I..."

Poverty drove him to prison but then what choice did he have between letting his family starve and earning a quick buck. The personnel pronoun 'I' puts emphasis on Gerard and will make the audience think of this real person in his metaphorical jail.

Gerard is imprisoned because he's young, Irish and didn't want ...

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