Punishment has long been a dominant theme in literature and theater. In a literary or theatrical context, punishment often refers to a negative or unpleasant consequence imposed upon an individual or group in response to behavior those in an authoritative position deem wrong or unacceptable. The Bible deals often with conceptions of punishment, as do authors such as Plato, Dante Alighieri, Charles Dickens, Joseph Conrad, and Graham Greene. Classic and modern crime fiction also grapple with and explore punishment, although recently, ways in ...

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