This thesis will demonstrate the ways in which Mailer treats the Gilmore v. Utah case, the space of the courtroom, and the legal system that Gary Gilmore challenged. The Executioner’s Song can be used as a document of sorts, displaying changing attitudes within the traditional American fascination with marginal characters, death-row inmates specifically. This thesis also argues that Mailer presents a man who believes in the law and in upholding the sentences that are given to those who break it. Additionally, Mailer exploits the space of the courtroom and the state of Utah as places in order to establish a discussion regarding capital punishment and criminal figures in the United States. Finally, this thesis will look at the specific way that Mailer presents the legal facts of the case and the liberties he took with these details in order to construct his “true-life novel” in a very particular way.
|Commitee:||Caron, Tim, Schug, Robert|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Law, American literature, Criminology, Public policy|
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