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With reference to characterisation and film techniques, how does the director Tim Robbins depict the death penalty in his film''Dead Man Walking''?

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With reference to characterisation and film techniques, how does the director Tim Robbins Depict the death penalty in his film ''Dead Man Walking''? Johir Islam The first laws sanctioning the death penalty were established in the 18th century BC. At that time, the death penalty was used all over the world. However in 1846, Michigan became the first state in the U.S. to abolish the death penalty for all crimes except treason. By 1917, nine states had completely abolished the death penalty for all crimes or strictly limited it. The use of cyanide gas as a means of execution was introduced in 1924. Many thought this method was brutal and inhumane. A Gallup Poll conducted in 1966 showed support for the death penalty at an all time low and finally, in June 1972, the Supreme Court suspended the death penalty. It was reinstated shortly after in 1976. The lethal injection was seen as the most humane and painless method of execution. Oklahoma became the first state to adopt the lethal injection in 1977. Charles Brookes became the first person to be executed by this method five years later. In April 1999, the UN Human Rights Commission Resolution began to support a world-wide moratorium on executions. To this day, the death penalty is still used as a form of punishment in around 30 of the 52 states in North America. ...read more.

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We realise during this scene that he has truly learned his lesson but knows With reference to characterisation and film techniques, how does the director Tim Robbins Depict the death penalty in his film ''Dead Man Walking''? Johir Islam it is too late. Before leaving the world and heading for the after life, Poncelot realises that an apology is necessary for his monstrous deed, and he succeeds in winning some forgiveness. Poncelot says: ''I think killing is wrong whether I do it or ya'll'', which emphasises that he has learnt the value of life. All of this is used ingeniously by Robbins to establish a conflict between white people of the same religion-which means we focus on the issue of the death penalty and not on race relations or religious differences. The most effective cinematography techniques are found in the scene in which Poncelot is in the process of being executed and is dying slowly. As he is slowly fading away, the camera cross cuts to flashbacks of the scene of the murder. Poncelot remembers the attack vividly. The flashbacks are in colour so it is very clear and are from Poncelot's perspective so we finally see what really happened. This juxtaposition of the victim's violent, undignified death and Poncelot's own death reveals Robbins' intention to present an unbiased view of the death penalty. Cross cutting is used effectively between Poncelot's dying body and the murder. ...read more.

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With reference to characterisation and film techniques, how does the director Tim Robbins Depict the death penalty in his film ''Dead Man Walking''? Johir Islam The requiem also suggests that Poncelot will be going to heaven because he confessed to his sins. We hear calm, soothing music at the closing scene with the shot of the church, which helps create a soothing, calm ending to the film. In conclusion, I believe Ben Stephens' statement about Robbins and his film ''Dead Man Walking'' is correct-it does have the usual arguments for and against the death penalty but the film is remarkably unbiased. Robbins wanted his film to be unbiased and that's what it is-the film is on neither side, for or against. It makes you come to your own conclusions. I am ambivalent about the death penalty. I'd agree to the death penalty if my family were the victim because it is an emotional issue. I don't think there is a possibility of forgiveness for the murderer as I strongly believe in the saying ''an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. That way the whole world would be blind and toothless.'' However, we must remember that killing someone doesn't solve anything. Two wrongs do not make a right. However if I were in Poncelot's situation, or if a family member or close friend was, I would obviously be against the death penalty. It all depends on the given situation. I have learned that life is unfair but to succeed in life we must learn to deal with the ups and downs of life. 5 1 ...read more.

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