An interesting view of capital punishment: an analysis of “the penalty of death” h l mencken’s strong writing style and humor add an inquisitive twist to thoughts on the death penalty the article “the penalty of death” is what i believe to be a successful argument of capital punishment in the eyes of a man who has come to witness it firsthand. This list examines both sides of the debate over the ethics and legality of the death penalty, especially in the us. At last, a writer who fully understands that all society wants from the justice system is “a healthy letting off of steam” (mencken) in his satirical essay the penalty of death, hl mencken, through use of humor, exaggeration, and mocking euphemisms and anecdotes, satires america’s use of capital punishment his essay attacks in particular the purpose of the death penalty and the public’s light treatment of “hanging a man (or frying or gassing him)” (mencken.
The existence of the death penalty in any society raises one underlying question: have we established our justice systems out of a desire for rehabilitation, or out of a desire for retribution the lister has set out to examine both sides of the debate over the ethics and legality of capital punishment, especially in the us, and chooses neither side in any of the following entries. As shown in hl mencken on the writing life, mencken was an influential satirist as well as an editor, literary critic, and longtime journalist with the baltimore sun as you read his arguments in favor of the death penalty, consider how (and why) mencken injects humor into his discussion of a grim subject. This argument for continuation of the death penalty is most likely a deterrent, but it has failed as a deterrent there is no clear evidence because empirical studies done in the 50’s by professor thorsten sellin, (sociologist) did not give support to deterrence (mcclellan, g, 1961.
Descriptive essays term papers (paper 10823) on the death penalty 11 : the penalty of death in this essay, hl mencken has two arguments that stand out in the beginning of this essay these arguments are against the. Classic argument: the penalty of death for this discussion of classical american argument i have chosen “the penalty of death” which was the most interesting to me to write about and discuss the topic of capital punishment and the death are very controversial in today’s society just as they were week two forum classic argument. Mencken/ the penalty of death mencken is against the death penalty at least the way it is done in america he points it out in his sarcastic way on page 392 paragraph 6 “i know of no public demand for the death penalty for ordinary crimes, even for ordinary homicides” this is being cynical there is no such this as an ordinary homicide. The penalty of death was first published in prejudices: fifth series by hl mencken, 1926.
Death penalty arguments: this paper in memoriam of sean burgado my precious nephew - murdered one side may say deterrence, there are evidence to both sides of the argument in whether the death penalty is a deterrent or not. Penalty of death-analysis essay sample -the penalty of death -written by hl mencken, 1926 -thesis -the thesis of the essay is on page 395, and is the last sentence of paragraph 3.
1 mencken's main reasons for his support of capital punishment are that the work of a hangman is just as unpleasant as that of a plumber, that the whole aim of punishing criminals is to thwart other potential criminals, that there is no public demand for the death penalty on ordinary crimes 2.
Topic suggestions glossary of key terms english as a second language spanish french german italian the penalty of death by hl mencken in the second argument of the abolitionists there is rather more force, but even here, i believe, the ground under them is shaky. H l mencken in his essay “the penalty of death” addresses common arguments against the death penalty and posits his own new one but fails to realize that the death penalty is not a “healthy letting off of steam” but a penalty of death.
The death penalty, when used in conjunction with rehabilitation and other methods of dealing with criminals, can be an effective deterrent, and can also bring peace to victims' families the death penalty holds an important role in the criminal justice system.