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Aradhana Gohil Coursework The issue of Capital punishment as in the film "Dead Man Walking" In this essay I am going to analyse and explain how the issue of Capital Punishment is portrayed in the film "Dead Man Walking", a true story acted out. Before I proceed with this essay, I think it necessary to give some background information on Capital Punishment. Capital punishment, also referred to as the death penalty, is the ordered execution of a prisoner as a punishment for a serious crime. Prisoners are kept in an isolated part of the prison, often-called Death Row, until the execution date. Methods of execution have varied over time and include; lethal injection, decapitation (using a sword, axe or guillotine), Electrocution (in an electric chair), hanging, gassing, strangulation, drowning. Also used at some point were the methods of burning, crucifixion, impalement, crushing, stoning, shooting by firing squad, disembowelment, sawing, tearing apart by horses, devouring by wild animals and crushing by an elephant. The most common method of execution these days is lethal injection. 111 countries out of the estimated 193 on earth do not practice Capital Punishment, but in 30 of the remaining known countries do practice Capital Punishment. ...read more.


His words mean if you live your life killing you will be killed Another key argument is that the person that has committed the crime has given up the right to life, so executing them is not murder. Some people say that as the best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour, murderers are likely to murder again, and so be executing them further murders can be prevented. Some argue executing criminals is kinder to them than sentencing them to life in prison where they will live with a guilty conscience in horrible prison conditions. Although a lot of people are for Capital Punishment, there are equally a lot of people against it. These people also have a lot of arguments against Capital Punishment. One of the key arguments is that the death penalty is killing and killing is wrong, therefore the death penalty is wrong. They also argue that the death penalty is a violation of human rights and that torture and cruelty are wrong. Many executions are botched and the criminals suffer extensive pain. Another important point they argue is that if the criminal is wrongly convicted or sentenced and mistakes have been made, then there is no way that the mistake can be justified if the criminal has already been executed. ...read more.


My reasons for this are that during the film it seems we are made to feel sympathetic towards Matthew by being shown his life on Death Row, but it does not show the victims parents grief at the loss of their children, arguments against Capital Punishment crop up a lot. Nowadays although there are arguments for both for and against Capital Punishment, I think that the UK in leaning towards the against side. I believe this is true because of all the reports of the many executions in other countries and harrowing cases, many criminals having botched executions and people speaking out against the system in those countries are taking drastic affect on the people of the United Kingdom's views. I think the person who directed the film, although trying to show both sides of the true story has let the film become biased, by only showing one sides arguments against Capital Punishment due to his own thoughts on the matter. Nevertheless if the film was not biased I think it would be a great way to show Christian teachings to youngsters. The story is true and this is what makes the issue real, after watching the film their views on the matter undoubtedly become established. ...read more.

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