The Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee

Why Judge Dee Was an Effective Magistrate 10th Grade

The "Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee," revolved around a very prominent district magistrate named Judge Dee Goong An, a man famous for his ability to solve mysterious cases. Judge Dee digs deep to solve each case and was successful because he combined the three philosophies of legalism, daoism and Confucianism. These philosophies provided him with significant morals, techniques and strategies to bring justice to the region. Legalism, daoism and Confucianism all played vital roles which allowed Judge Dee to be an effective magistrate. Without all three, he wouldn't have been successful with his cases and maintained order and stability throughout the region.

One of the main rules in the philosophy of legalism was corporal punishment. Judge Dee effectively utilized this when he punished suspects in crimes in order to make the cases flow faster, which keep the peace and stability in the region. Because of these techniques he used, he was able to make guilty people confess quickly. For example, when investigating the case of the double murder, Judge Dee "ordered the constables to let Warden Pang have hundred strokes with heavy bamboo" in order for him to confess his part in the crime (15). Because of this, Judge Dee eliminated another...

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