The Early Purges

I was quite surprised about the topic of the first few stanzas: drowning some kittens. This section and the rest of the poem raise many moral questions; some about whether it is acceptable to kill certain animals and others about the definition of “pest” and species-ism (compare racism). In class we were introduced to the idea that marking something using the word pest made it somehow less than human and acceptable to kill.

Death and morality are both quite touchy subjects, because they allow us to question the beliefs of ourselves and other people. Deciding what animals and plants are worthless enough to kill is a common dilemma that most people don’t think about. On the one hand, killing a human or letting a human die is very bad. On the other hand, we need to kill living things in order to survive, for our energy.

Another dilemma resulting from being close to death is when it would be kinder to keep a being alive or to put it/he/she down. One example given in class was an old sheepdog, who has grown old, weak and very sick. In most cases, the dog would be put down. However, if the same thing happened to a great-grandfather or great-grandmother, who is also very sick from old age, he or she would be kept alive as long as possible.

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4 comments to The Early Purges

  • Jasmine Yeh

    I really enjoyed reading your opinions, it is very well written and thoughtful.

  • Sophie Krafft

    I liked how you explained what we as people would think and then stated your own opinion. It sounds like you put a lot of thought into this

  • Dan Lian Zhao

    Obviously you have put in lots thought into the topics of review.By adding what the class has discussed which was unique, beacuse they are opinions not from just one but lots people in the class.

  • Lewis Harding

    Good perspective of things and good reasons however you could use more punctuation

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