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Torture is defined as infliction of severe physical pain as a means of punishment or coercion Michael Levin and Cesare Bonesana both discuss this controversial issue in their essays Both essays present readers with complete information on the issue However the writing style and strategies used by Michael Levin in The Case for Torture make his argument more effective and easier to follow In determining the more effective argument we can simply analyze the opening paragraphs of the two authors For example take into account the following starting paragraph from Bonesanas Torture A cruelty consecrated among most nations by custom is the torture of the accused during his trial on the pretext of compelling him to confess his crime of clearing up contradictions in his statements of discovering his accomplices of purging him in some metaphysical and incomprehensible way from infamy or finally of finding out other crimes of which he may possibly be guilty but of which he is not accused Lengthy monotonous and repetitive are the words that best describe this introduction to the argument This style of writing causes readers to lose an interest on the issue making it an ineffective one On the other hand Levins introduction is more colorful and concise It is generally assumed that torture is impermissible a throwback to a more brutal age Enlightened societies reject it outright and regimes suspected of using it risk the wrath of the United States Thus the essay written by Michael Levin generates in readers an interest about this controversial topic by presenting them with something to relate to the United States opinion on the matter whereas Bonesana simply defines the term torture Cesare Bonesana author of Torture uses definition description and history to make her case These monotonous descriptions do not make it easy for readers grasp the content of the authors argument making it difficult to accept her point of view Thus although Bonesana clearly defines the issue
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