Freedom vs Moral Rights

In the story The Stranger by Albert Camus the main character Meursault goes to jail for killing a man. For the first few months that he is in jail, he thinks about all of the freedoms he is missing. When he has a desire for women he complains to the guard that this was an unfair treatment. He responds by saying, “‘Well, yes-freedom, that’s why. They’ve taken away your freedom'”(78). Meursault agrees that this is makes sense and now understands. However, this raises the question on what should be considered a freedom and what should be considered a right. The law decides what is considered a right, but what makes the line the law draws correct? There is some question of funding, as the state can only provide a certain amount of things without going over their budget, but the main question is of morality. One could argue that prisoners deserve the bare minimum rights because they are horrible people, but not all prisoners commit morally incorrect crimes. There is a serious argument, and evidence to back it up, to be made that prisons do not help rehabilitate or change the viewpoint of prisoners, and that once they are released, they are more likely to commit another crime. If the rights in prison’s were improved it would cause less problems in prison and the rate of re-entry in prison would drop.

4 thoughts on “Freedom vs Moral Rights

  1. JOSIE H.

    Dear Thomas,

    I like what you are exploring here. I think it is important to analyze our justice system in America and see how it can be improved. I think as you said, there is a wavering line between what is right and wrong. The death penalty alone is a whole conversation. I would like to explore more data about holistic rehabilitation efforts versus traditional jail systems.


  2. Clark T.

    I really like this post a lot. I think you did a really good job of connecting the situation with Meursault in prison, to the prison system that we have in the real world. I think it was definitely important to show how our prison system has a lot of flaws and how we need to do a better job of deciding what fair and what’s not, and what a right in prison and what’s not.


  3. Arianna S.

    I love how you were able to connect this story with the prison system. especially considering how flawed it is already. We sometimes forget that these prisoners are still humans despite what they may or may have not done.


  4. ariel m

    The connection between this story, Meursault’s life, and prison was really interesting. Our prison system definitely needs improvements especially the idea of a death penalty. Often times it is forgotten that rehabilitation can work even though it a longer and more tedious process.


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