In ancient China, the monarch will be using the army to conquer every city and enact the law to build a stable government. Based on the reading material, we can know that the monarch of Qin is using harsh punishment to protect the government and slave owners. For example, if some people attempt to kidnap some girls or women and make her his wife without the agreement of person, He would be punished as severing his left foot and assigned him to be a wall-builder (Barbieri-Low & Yates, 2015).
From my opinion, this law is protecting some disadvantaged groups such as women and children. Severing the criminals’ left feet is warning someone who has the plan or desire to do the similar actions. In the article, we also can find another case that is quite similar to the first case. If the person who attempt to rape women, the law enforcer will castrate the criminals’ genitals and him a palace bond servant (Barbieri-Low & Yates, 2015). According to this law, When the monarch enacted the law, the nature of law is giving the criminal the most severe punishment and warning people not doing the same action, however, whatever the decision monarch makes, it would bounce on the future of the city. The harsh punishment also stimulated the public sentiment which leads the ruin of Qin dynasty. Nevertheless, the Qin government also have some laws that respect human rights. For example, if a male slave had some illicit sexual relations with a female who is freedman, their children would become the freedman (Barbieri-Low & Yates, 2015).
This law represents children would not be influenced by their parents whether one of the parents is the slave. Although Qin dynasty used some unreasonable policies and harsh punishment to maintain the justice and fairness of government, the legal system formulated and modified the nature of law which helps Descendants to make rules and laws referencing the Qin law.