Essay Suicide

Suicide

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Compares ethical, medical, religious views of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Judaism & Viktor Frankl (logotherapy).

Durkheim defines Egoistic suicide as being caused by the inability of individuals to integrate into society. Such people do not have close and important ties with social groups, therefore resulting in them living on the fringes of society with little social support or guidance, and which, ultimately draws them increasingly closer to committing suicide. As an example, Durkheim shows that unmarried people, in particular males, have higher suicide rates than married people, which, he argues, is due to the significant pressure on them to conform to societal views of marriage and founding a family. This societal attitude is still very much present within contemporary times, as seen by the way in which older single men are often viewed with suspicion – as being either homosexual, a failure, or sexually inadequate.

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