The West Memphis Case Analysis

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The West Memphis case remains a mystery to this day. Even after the closing of the it, 6 years ago, people still question who murdered the three children. After investigation ended Damien Echols one of the man wrongly accused of killing the kids wrote the novel Life After Death which explained his side of the story. It peeked the interest of the public as it was one of the first pieces to have been in the view of the alleged murderers. The documentary West of Memphis became famous as it showed why the West Memphis Three were not the criminals. The writing itself was engaging due to its switching between the author’s past and period in prison and his writings while in prison. The most affecting and beautifully written passages were ones…show more content…
In the novel Echols also reprints his prison writings. This engages the audience as they are able to see how he felt in the moment and not through his overlook of prison. They can better understand what was happening because the passages are not written as a past memory, but as his emotions in that minute. This allows no room for incorrect feelings as it is impossible to forget what happens at that instant. The readers are truly capable of comprehending his sentiments. For example, “I have lost all faith, lost all belief. I teeter on the edge of hopelessness. Everything is a fight, and I’m so tired. I’m so tired of struggling; I want to scream until I’m gargling my own blood”(305). At this moment the people reading the book really feel for Echols and this draws their attention. One of Echols most affecting and beautifully written passages in the novel is his description of the emotional torture the prison does to him. The author’s pain can be clearly envisioned through the passage. It creates a feeling of disgust and hatred towards the guards and at the same time the reader feels the need to cry for the author as he suffers through the pain and torture. He uses sentences like, “Soon you walk with your shoulders slumped and your head down, like a beast that’s used to being kicked…” and also, “...the prison staff does not look at you as human…”(65). The
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