Essay on Article Analysis: O'Sullivan's View of the Death Penalty

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The Article provides numerous reasons the United States and Great Britain should have the death penalty. O’Sullivan addresses all the main counter arguments when explain to his audience his conclusion. His supporting evidence includes death penalty decisions in history and several other statistics. Emotionally terms, faulty cause and effects scenarios, and either/or point of views are other ways the author conveys his opinion to the audience. The article begins with an overall theme threw out O’Sullivan’s piece: does the death penalty appropriately punish certain crimes or increases murder and crime (O’Sullivan 1). Kidnapping and murder cases in California as well as Britain are examined this question then later used as a…show more content…
The author’s bias comes to view in this example as well as another where O’Sullivan states that the arguments only appears formidable due to the fact that they “are repeated so frequently and in tones of such relentless moral self-gratification” (O’Sullivan7). This statement may leave one wondering what his intent is. Is he simply writing to annoy those who oppose capital punishment; is his attempting to start controversy; or is he writing for his own sense of moral self-gratification and if so, does that invalidate his argument? This O’Sullivan’s from of writing allows his bias to be identified easily from the beginning and may turn some readers who oppose such viewpoints away. The author’s next point is introduced and somewhat explains through appeals to the readers’ logic. This section refutes the argument “that justifying the death penalty on the retributive grounds that the punishment should fit the crime is barbaric” (O’Sullivan 6). The author points out that retribution “ limits punishments as much as it extends it” (O’Sullivan 7) and provides a logical example that hands are not cut off because just of parking tickets (O’Sullivan7).however, he then goes on to support his argument with emotionally charged terms, stating that “ the death penalty is

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