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Dead Man Walking

Summary Chapter 4
Summary Chapter 4

Even though death is at the center of the chapter, love is always present. Prejean’s family has always loved and supported her, and they continue to do so. Their affection contrasts with the almost total lack of love in Patrick’s life. Patrick thinks it is ironic that in order for him to experience love, he had to be imprisoned. Prejean suggests that no one should go through life alone, and that perhaps what determines our fates more than anything else is the presence or absence of love in our lives.

Patrick’s death is painful and tortured, but he manages to die with dignity and strength. Just before he is strapped into the chair, he speaks his last words, which are filled with love. He has atoned for his crime with the help of Prejean’s compassion and support.