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English Media Coursework 14 Days In May

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English GCSE - 14 Days In May Capital punishment is the death sentence awarded for capital offences, like crimes involving planned murder, multiple murders, repeated crimes, rape and murder, etc. where the judicial system consider such persons a gross danger to the existence of the society and provide death as punishment. Capital punishment has been stated as 'murder in its worst form', barbaric, disgusting, unusual and completely unnecessary. A few decades ago capital punishment was in use in England as the state followed ancient laws from the Bible "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a life for a life". The death penalty is still in use in many countries because they still follow that rule feeling that revenge is justified and also that capital punishment is a great deterrent. Vlad the Impaler, a prince during the 1400s used the death penalty as a punishment, people were afraid to do anything against his law. In Europe to this day it has been abolished, as it is believe that capital punishment is wrong and not tolerated in any way. A documentary called "14 days in May," tried to show viewers that the death penalty is morally wrong, and how it is open to abuse due to Racism and injustice. This film was set in Mississippi State Penitentiary during 1987, and followed the last 14 days of a prisoner, young black male called Edward Earl Johnson, aged 26, who had been on death row for 8 years. ...read more.


His family sang to him, they were enjoying his last meal as if it was a party with laughter. In the film we see interviews taken behind bars, he said in one of his interviews that 8 years ago when he was taken to the police station for identification, the victim confirmed that he wasn't the criminal. He was asked to take a lie detector test a few days later in a place allied Jackson a few miles away from his hometown. According to Johnson, the white police man stopped the van on a secluded road, put a gun to his head and said if he doesn't confess to the tape recorder, he would shoot him and say he had shot him because he had tried to escape. During the interview Johnson sounded anxious due to the reminiscence. This is a "fly on the wall" documentary, so there is no voice-over and we can only hear the facts of Johnson's case on news broadcasts, which also showed us a debate whether he should live or die. After hearing that this shows the viewers that only the facts has been put in the film, and nothing extra has been added to make it even more one sided. Whilst the interviews were being taken place we see the prison. ...read more.


Filming could not continue for Johnson's privacy, but continued at the press conference. The Governor came out the gas chamber to confirm Johnson's death and when he passed away. The look on the governor's face shows that he thought Johnson was innocent. The Governor tells everyone that Johnson admitted he was glad it was finally over. Smith came out to the journalists and said "it's a sick world out there and everyone is calm and collected but I am telling you something, I am not calm and collected." This shows us how much Smith believed in Johnson's innocence and the reason why capital punishment should not be allowed as it could kill an innocent person's life. This documentary was very successful as it tried to show people a message as it had shown me how capital punishment is a sick and horrible punishment. Also the final words on the screen at the end which tells us a women came forward and went to the police station to tell them that Johnson was with her on the night of the murder and rape, but all she was said in reply was "mind your own business." If this documentary was not a biased report then maybe the viewers would have thought Johnson deserved his punishment. In conclusion I believe this documentary reached its goal to convince us capital punishment is not right, and if the world could see this they would also understand. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mohammad Khan 10/69 ...read more.

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