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Capital Punishment is not only inhumane it is barbaric and unjust. Compare the execution scenes in "Dead Man Walking" and "Let Him Have It"

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Capital Punishment is not only inhumane it is barbaric and unjust. Compare the execution scenes in "Dead Man Walking" and "Let Him Have It" Capital punishment is a very controversial subject. For years people have fought to get it abolished and fought to keep it. Many people think that the death sentence should be reinstated in England to scare people away from committing crimes such as murder and rape. Then there are the people who think prison is enough and if a mistake is made somebody could be put to death for a crime they did not commit. Personally I feel that the death sentence should not be reinstated because of all the wrongly convicted people that would die. The two films "Dead Man Walking" and "Let Him Have It" both show how strongly different people believed in capital punishment. "Let Him Have It" portrays a different image of capital punishment than "Dead Man Walking", "Let Him Have It" is a story about nineteen year old Derek Benteley who was wrongly sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit and without a fair trial. Because the trial was so soon after the murder, Derek's family didn't have time to get a letter from Derek's doctor explaining his medical condition. If this information had been brought up then Derek would have received a lighter sentence. ...read more.

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This is very symbolic because even though there has always been people there for support nobody can help them when they most need it. The camera then shoots Derek looking isolated in his cell, contemplating never seeing his family again. The editing shows that Derek and his family will never see each other again. Crowded in a gloomy living room, sitting in total silence is Derek's family, just sitting, saying nothing not even exchanging glances. These images show just how alone Derek and his family are, even though they have received huge amounts of support from friends and neighbours nobody can help them in this moment of anguish. A vicar sits with Derek and recites the Lords prayer with him just moments before he is sent to the execution chamber. There are quite a few differences between the two executions whereas Derek Benteley's was in the morning, Matthew Ponclet had the whole day to think while he waited for his death. Derek didn't get to see his family in the morning but Matthew got to spend a few hours with his family and the whole day with the nun he had grown to love. Time plays a very important part in both films. You are constantly shown pictures of the clock on the day of the executions. ...read more.

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Very unlike "Let Him Have It" the officers feel nothing for Matt. The execution chamber is very white and looks likes a dentists room. This makes you think that this is more like a process than ending someone's life. Matt is laid down on a bed strapped to it and tilted up so he can say his last words. His last words were for the victims parents, he said that he hopes his death will give them some relief. You can see how dramatically Matt has changed throughout the film. As he is dying from lethal injection it is a lot slower than Derek's and a lot more drawn out. Just before he dies you can see the victims faces in the glass separating Matt from their families, it is like they are hear to watch justice being made. Another difference between the two executions is that no-body was there to witness Derek's death but there was for Matt. The camera starts on Derek's feet and slowly moves of the top of his head and through a window. Then over looks the terraces by his house, through his bedroom window and looks over his family. The camera acts like Derek's family looking over his family. This is very similar to "Dead Man Walking" the camera moves over his body but then goes to see the nurse a few days later. She is sat with Mr Delecroy (victims father) trying to help him overcome the pain and anger he has. By Chris Wooler ...read more.

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