Dead Man Walking - After You Watch: Discussion

  1. Matthew Poncillet and Sister Prejean seem very different. What bonds them together?
  2. How is religious imagery used in this film?
  3. How does this film show the Death Penalty as a political issue?
  4. When asked why she is counseling Death Row inmates, Sister Prejean says, "Every person is worth more than their worst act." Do you agree with this? Why or why not? How is this statement central to Sister Prejean's character?
  5. Do you think the director, Tim Robbins, wants the viewer to come away with a particular opinion about the Death Penalty? Do you think he represents both sides of the issue? In your opinion, what is the message he wants the viewer to leave with?

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