Poverty Causes Crime Argumentative Essay Topic

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Poverty essays – find seven interesting topics to write about

When you are trying to work on a good poverty essay, the first thing that poses a challenge is the selection of a topic. It is therefore important to understand that without a good topic, your essay could fall flat. It is also necessary to remember that though you should bring out the facts and leave nothing out, it is necessary to be sensitive when handling such an issue as poverty. It is one of the most terrible ills of society that need to be viewed seriously and handled with care.

Here are seven topics that you could use for your essay on poverty

1/-  Poverty & Human Conflict. In most situations, poverty is born out of unresolved human conflict. The reasons for these conflicts might be many. Most of the time it is a case of too little resources for too many people. Discuss this in your essay and approach us for help, should you need more info.

2/-  Poverty of the mind. This is a topic that has a philosophical touch. There are quite a few people who do not bestow rich thoughts towards their fellow human beings – they could be considered impoverished. In fact, you could write a series of poverty essays with this topic as the base.

3/-  Is poverty a by-product of terrorism? If one were to visit the areas that are in the stranglehold of religious fundamentalists turned terrorists, it would be apparent that there is a strong link between poverty and terrorism. Check this out in your essay.

4/-  Children – the victims of poverty. When you are learning how to write an essay on poverty, focusing on the plight of hapless children, is quite natural. Take the example of those abandoned by their parents because of the inability to feed and clothe them. You could also include the work done by various aid organizations in alleviating their sufferings.

5/-  Poverty and crime. The nexus is clear and simple – crime rates are high in societies living below the poverty line in a country. Explain the causes and effects of this relationship and suggest a few workable solutions to this universal problem.

6/-  The poor student. In many educational institutions today there are many students who apply for grants and scholarship because of their economic status and difficulties. Your poverty essay could focus on the efforts taken by colleges and universities to make education available to all.

7/-  Poverty and Prejudice. Prejudice on the basis of caste, creed and colour seem to be part of our society’s ills, in spite of the technological advancements that have been made in the recent past. Your essay could talk about the connections between poverty and various forms of prejudice and how people from a lower economic strata, face the ire of those who are better off.

As mentioned earlier, all these poverty essays need to be written with that extra dose of sensitivity. You need to take into consideration the people you are focusing on and the readers who will be going through your essay. Do get in touch with us if you need more topics to work on.

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Essay Practice - Gamsat 2016

by BlackCaviar28 » Mon Nov 09, 2015 3:33 pm

Here is a Section 1 practice essay I wrote this morning. Please critique and I will do the same for you. I couldn't think of a title though.

"If poverty is the mother of crime, stupidity is its father" - Jean de Bruyere

Poverty and crime are related, but they are not family. According to the UN in 2010, the highest homicide rates were in the Africas, and other less developed parts of the world. Perhaps this is because the human need for survival overrides rational thought in times of impoverishment, leading to irrational acts. Similarly there is a relationship between low intelligence and the probability between committing a crime, possibly explained by reduced cognitive capacity to reason and judge. However it is also well established that correlation does not equal causation. Jean de Bruyere infamously stated that 'if poverty is the mother of poverty, stupidity is its father'. Clearly when applied to modern times there arises a mismatch....

Firstly, one does not have to be poor in order to commit a crime. Recently a number of high-ranking FIFA officials were publicly arrested over corruption and other 'white-collar' activities. These individuals held positions that would have earned them income in the $100,000s. They are also highly educated. In another example, global data shows that the highest incidences of rape occur in developed countries. Secondly, an impoverished person will not necessarily break the law because of his situation. J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, once lived on unemployment benefits. Rather than resorting to criminal activity, she created a character that would last and be loved for generations to come.

Conversely, some will argue that it is in fact a crime to be poor. After all, if a poor man steals food then isn't both the act if stealing and being impoverished wrongful or 'criminal'? It does seem like a logical assumption. Some of the convicts that were shipped to Australia during settlement days were arrested for petty crimes, like stealing bread. Rather than the acts themselves, the men and women were punished for being impoverished. This is not so obvious today but the echoes still remain in some facets of society e.g. the 'American dream'

One problem is that the term 'poverty' is highly relative. It is not limited to referring to monetary wealth or income. To be impoverished has multiple meanings and on different scales e.g. economic v individual. The term is also often used interchangeably with other such as 'disadvantaged' and 'unemployed'. Consequently poverty has become hard to define and thus almost impossible to attribute specific causes to.

Ultimately it is the perpetrator's conscious decision to commit a crime, regardless of whether he is impoverished, uneducated etc. There may well be environmental factors/other external influences that increase the probability his risk of engaging in illegal activity. It is however, the choice he makes that matters most.

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