In Sherman Alexie’s poem, “Capital Punishment”, a part that was very interesting, yet confusing was when the narrator was being sympathetic. The narrator was very considerate of the prisoners. In the poem, Alexie makes the narrator be a cook at a jail that had the death row. Perhaps Alexie made the narrator be a cook instead of someone else like a guard or a warden because the cook would not represent the law; the cook just works for the jail. Readers of the poem, “Capital Punishment”, might at first be puzzled by the sympathy of the cook towards the minorities that get the death sentence, but a close reading of the poem helps us see that the cook is against capital punishment. Throughout the poem, the narrator shows us the controversial comments about how the cook is for capital punishment. When the cook mentions, “Those Indians are always gambling”, it makes it seem like it is an everyday thing. Then the cook states, “What did they expect? All of the stories should have been simple. ”. he/she is implying that it is not important that a person just died.
It is a normal thing for people to die, so we should not care. A reader of this poem might assume that the cook is just doing his job, but in reality, he/she does care for what they are serving to the Indian man. In the poem, there are sections where the cook says, “(I am not a witness)” though it is clear the cook is because he/she is the one telling the poem.