“They have made me what I am, they have made me a thief. God curse them all!” This was the convict’s opinion in the play, ‘The Bishop’s Candlesticks.’ Is the convict justified? Give reasons.
The convict was a product of unfortunate circumstances and an indifferent society. He’Was caught and sent to prison for stealing money to buy food for his sick wife. He was inhumanly treated. His name and soul were taken away from him. This inhuman treatment changed him into an animal. The insensitivity of society and law as well as persistent and prolonged suffering in jail turned him into such a hardened criminal that he did not hesitate to kill, rob and steal. He lost faith in God and religion. Thus, the convict is indeed justified in his statement. The unfortunate circumstances, violence, ill- treatment and torture that he had gone through in his life made him what he was.