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George Orwell is a profound author who even in the early 1900s addressed the injustice and moral issue of the death penalty In his classic piece The Hanging Orwell writes of an execution of a Burmese man that he not only witnessed but also assisted in If it took Orwell such a vivid account of death to realize the moral issues in the death penalty one wonders what it would take for us in a society where death and violence is publicly advertised in movies music and TV shows The pro-death penalty argument is loosing its strength in most of the United States except Texas and Florida considering America is one of the only civilized countries in world to continue its use The use of the death penalty as a deterrent for criminals is not only ineffective its an extremely expensive process that is inhumane and immoral Today the use of the death penalty as a deterrent to prevent crimes has had little effect on the murder rate in comparison to countries without the death penalty One view pro-death can understandably be heard from the families of murder victims After the tragedy of losing of a loved one most likely in a brutal fashion it would be hard for one to think with a clear rational mind We allow a victims family view the execution to help achieve closure Some might call this retribution but isnt retribution just another word for revenge How does a public execution deter would be murderers if they are not viewed by the public A society that can accept the death penalty but not witness it must be in denial If we cannot bear to watch it then maybe this is something that should not be done This is attributed to the pity and reconsideration we might feel if we were to see a persons body twitch and convulse as every ounce of life left them
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