Vlad the Impaler: The definition of Evil

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Cassandra Mr. McNeil CHW 3M1-03 May 29, 2013 Vlad the Impaler: The definition of Evil One mans good could be another mans evil. Some men follow through with acts that are so morally and ethically depraved that no sane person could justify them. Vlad the Impaler, a.k.a. Vlad III, Dracula or Tepes was a man who reigned Wallachia for a bloody six years and relished in the heinous acts that he committed. Born in 1431, like his father, Vlad III, had become a member of the Order of the Dragon, an order of elite selected royal families in Europe. They ruled Wallachia geographically between two strong powered neighbors: Hungary and Turkey. Vlad II regained his throne by giving up his two sons to Istanbul as hostages and offered…show more content…
The victim’s legs and arms were pulled apart and a stake was inserted up the buttocks and impelled carefully through the body parallel to the spine. Then the person would be lifted and the stake would slowly work itself, by the means of gravity out of the body, sometimes though the mouth or the chest. “The end of the stake was usually oiled and care was taken that the stake not be too sharp, else the victim might die too rapidly from shock” (Atrocities of Vlad Tepes. www.donlinke.com). Impalement was Vlad’s preferred method of execution, which is why he is known as “Vlad the Impaler”. The method was used for its shock value and the immense suffering that the victim experienced was the whole objective. Impalement wasn’t just to enforce order; it soon became a casual pleasure for him. Vlad III commonly impaled thousands at one time, arranging the bodies on the outskirts to ward off enemies and also around his castle. There would be times he impaled due to boredom and if a corpse fell off their stake, they were immediately replaced with a new victim. The infamous occurrence was the occasion in which Vlad created a forest of impaled, dying, screaming people to ward off the enemy intruders. “It was once reported that an invading Turkish army turned back in fright when it encountered thousands of rotting corpses impaled on the banks of the Danube.”(Atrocities of Vlad Tepes. www.donlinke.com). A stench of decomposing bodies filled the air

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