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Most people would never take a life under normal circumstances but is being a warden and upholding the law a justification to take a life What if that persons crime is taking a loaf of bread to feed his family A Hanging by British writer George Orwell criticizes societys capital punishment by the characters actions insensitivity and the authors descriptions The actions of the convict before the execution and the wardens actions toward the dead convict are Orwells verbal criticisms of capital punishment When the prisoners are being transported to the courtyard the narrator thinks It is curious but till that moment I had never realized what it means to destroy a healthy conscious man I saw the mystery the unspeakable wrongness of cutting a life short when it is in full tide 204 The warden sees how wrong it is to take a life when it hasnt lived to its fullest Criticizing how capital punishment is as daring and unlawful as to take another human beings essence and breath As the hanging has passed all the wardens get together and celebrate We all had a drink together quite amicably The dead man was a hundred yards away 206 At first the narrator describes the man as having thick facial hair and a slump posture but once he was killed he was just another body being thrown in a ditch somewhere This type of extreme penalty can numb human emotions without thinking twice of the consequences The coldness and insensitivity of the superintendent during the prisoners execution is an indicator of the inhumanity of the death penalty In the morning the superintendent comes out and still sees the prisoners alive The man ought to have been dead by this time 203 He wants to hurry things and have this done with because they are running before schedule Once the convicts were hanged the superintendent walks over and makes sure they are lifeless He reached
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