Describe an experience where you committed a wrongful act and were consequently punished.

The purpose of a descriptive essay is to portray people, places, things or moments with enough vivid detail to help the reader create a precise mental picture. It empowers students to act as descriptors as they begin to write, and therefore, discover their own impressions of the world. Descriptive writing relies on concrete, sensory detail to communicate a dominant impression.

In this course we examine the meaning of justice. The law of the Babylonian Empire—Hammurabi’s Code—holds people responsible for their actions. It usually applies retaliation as punishment. That is, if you put out the eye of another, your own eye will be put out. For this assignment, you are to describe an experience where you committed a wrongful act and were consequently punished. You are to describe committing the wrongful act and receiving the punishment. Additionally, please analyze whether the punishment “fit” the crime and comports with American principles of justice (i.e. fairness, equality, and liberty).

As this is a descriptive essay, please draw your reader into your experiences by adding specific, concrete details to your storytelling. When writing sensory details, utilize language that invokes the five senses: see, hear, taste, touch, and smell.

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