The Life of Cesare Beccaria


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  • On March 15th, 1738 I was born in Milan, Italy. My father, who was an aristocrat born of the Austrian Habsburg Empire, made a modest income.
  • I received my primary education in Parma, Italy at a Jesuit school. I hated the fact that it was fanatical and oppressive to the development of human feelings. Math was always my favorite thing at school, and it helped distract me from my frustration. I excelled in it. And in 1758, I received my law degree from the University of Parma.
  • Capital Punishment is wrong!!
  • I proposed to Teresa Blasco in 1760, and let me tell you, her father wasn't quick to approve of me. Well, considering the fact Teresa was just 16, I guess I can’t blame him. We got married nonetheless, and a year later we had a baby girl. She was the first of three children that Teresa and I raised happily.
  • In 1764, I published one of my best works of writing, Dei Delitti E Della Pene, and this writing made me an international celebrity. I was only 26 years old and a lot of countries translated my writings into their languages. My writing was the first to discuss criminal punishment, even though some people had heard the ideas before, considering the fact I took inspiration from the well-known philosopher Montesquieu. My book is based off of the principle that the the government should do the greatest good to everyone.
  • I had always found something wrong with the use of capital punishment, and I voiced my thoughts in my work: On Crimes and Punishments. I always thought that the death penalty is pointless and unnecessary, and long term imprisonment is much more powerful. Also, I think that suicide laws are are completely ineffective, and they should be eliminated, to let God decide the consequences. Permission of bounty hunting she be terminated as well, considering the fact that it pushes people to become immoral and shows weakness within our government.
  • I may have died on November 28th, 1794, but my legacy still lives on. My body remains in Milan where I passed, but my ideas were remembered in through the world. Even within important papers, like the Constitution of the United States. I'm Cesare Beccaria, and this is my story in Draw my Life
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