Thursday, August 1, 2013

(12) Writing Task 2 : Controversy about Death Penalty

By punishing murderers with the death penalty, society is also guilt of committing murder. Therefore, life in prison is a better punishment for murderers.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Capital punishment or death penalty has been a major source of controversies for years. Many deem it barbaric; others declare it essential to control crime and violence in society. Caught between the need for secure, strong society and a human basic right to live, it is clear that this sort of matter need thoughtful consideration. 

Objections against death penalty often are stemmed from the dreaded fatality of killing innocent people. Court can only go so far to defend justice and it is unbearable to think that a misjudgment can end with someone’s death; bearing the burden of other people’s fault, nonetheless. Not to mention that history has seen many innocent people purposely sent to the gallows for political means or being  perceived as a threat for the current corrupt system. 

However, it is undeniable that no punishment can possibly be as effective as death. Besides ensuring that the crimes will not be done for the second time, it can also teach the society not to do the same thing. The government will gain control over its people if they can show that some crimes are not going to be tolerated, thus guarantee a safe and secure society.

Furthermore, one has to admit that some crimes are downright unforgivable. It would be unreasonable to avoid killing someone for the sake of their lives while they do not hesitate to end others themselves. Most people will reconsider death penalty for the sake of pity, but for the victim’s family, there are no other acceptable options. (My tutor wrote a big remark in red ink : "You mean revenge?!" I think she thought I'm a psycho. So don't use line like this)

Overall, even though death penalty might seem cruel and barbaric, I agree that it is needed in order to preserve peace in society.

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