Sam Jones

Capital punishment essay

        I believe that the journalist assigned to witness the hanging was and is trying to persuade the general public what a ‘grim business’ capital punishment is.

      The journalist works for the official gazette and why he thinks so badly of theses hangings. We can see that he is angry with the countries wish to use capital punishment even though it’s stopped. The people in favour of capital punishment are being persuaded by the report to forget about bringing back capital punishment. He is out to shock the readers by how gruesome it actually is for example the reporter mentions that “it is doubtful that if those who seek the reinintroduction of capital punishment have ever seen a hanging”. This promises chances of more gory details grabbing attention if they are for capital punishment.

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        I believe that the writing style is angry as the words he/she uses like “was a sort of death row”. The report is about the last ever hanging in New Zealand, as some of the public want it back. He has witnesses these horrible events and is determined to keep it as it is .I think he mentions the parliament and court rooms as everyone would expect and this is a vile gloomy place where killings is held. He is comparing what the public may think. He makes various comments on length of the rope ...

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