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Essay Analysis - The Death Penalty : Justice for None

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Transcript of Essay Analysis - The Death Penalty : Justice for None

The Death Penalty: Justice for None
Essay Analysis Presentation
Intended Audience
The Average American Citizen: the general public
Tone and Mood
The Use of Language
The essay is formal, with no use of first person pronouns

Persuade readers that death penalty does justice for none

Inform readers about the myths and facts of death penalty

Focuses on the flaws of the justice system in the United States of America

Structure of the Essay
Method of Development
Rhetorical and Literary Devices
Questions of Discussion
Anecdote -
"Lorenzo Norwood is mentally challenged. Severely ... stand much of a chance."

Imagery -
"... Hunter coughed, gasped, and convulsed in an adverse reaction to the lethal drugs.

Allusion -
"Television series like
Law and Order

Idiom -
"Pleas from such eminent leaders as Bishop Desmond Tutu
fell on deaf ears".

Do you agree with having a death penalty? Did the essay change your opinion?

What other reasons might someone have to support the death penalty?

Should anyone have the power to determine another human being's fate?

-Simple/low level of diction (See Section 2.d)
-The issue and examples are centered around the USA
Use of Authority
- Various studies and papers are cited throughout the paper
- The essay constantly compares the United States to the rest
of the world
- "The death penalty in the United States should be abolished because it is inhumane and unjust" (Meredith, par. 4)
- An anecdote regarding a mentally challenged man who was beaten by a store clerk for being 20 cents short, and then manipulated by a convicted criminal to go back and kill the clerk. While his associate had money and hired a lawyer, he did not, and as such he was given capital punishment.
- Each body starts with a point supporting the death penalty, which is then broken down and proven to be wrong by Meredith.
- There are very few smooth transitions. Most paragraphs bring in completely different points which aren't linked to the previous point. The second page does contain some transitions, such as the transition between the paragraph about racial inequality and the paragraph about wealth class inequality.
- If more Americans were informed about the truths and misconceptions regarding capital punishment, it would surely be abolished
The level of diction is kept low so that the intended audience may follow along without difficulty.
Sentences are generally short, usually containing a single clear fact or point.
Sentences build upon each other, progressing the point of the paragraph. Some points are also repeated for emphasis.
Serious tone reflective of subject matter

Impassioned and informed on topic at hand

Expresses frustration and remorse at the mention of the flaws of the system

General Arguments
Not quick/painless as
believed to be
Very expensive
Minorities are more likely
to receive death sentence
Innocent people may
be executed
Most Americans are not
aware of the truth on
death penalties
No specific terminology is used, and examples and concepts are kept as general as possible while still retaining meaning
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