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Bring Back Foolishness Jeff Jacobys essay entitled Bring Back Flogging was in my sincere opinion poorly constructed There are numerous instances where I felt that he had either not supported his premises with valid information or had negated his support in later sentences The essay begins by drawing forth images of Puritan punishment He cites two instances of punishment which were particularly torturous and radical in nature He then draws a comparison between this inhumane punishment and imprisonment by stating with irony that Now we practice a more enlightened more humane way of disciplining wrong doers we lock them up in cages His use of the word cages was an attempt to vilify the enclosurement of human beings and to compare this treatment of human beings to the caging of other animals Although his position is clear from the first glance at the title he poses us with a dilemma he immediately denounces his acceptance of imprisonment with his use of irony and at the same time he proposes a solution which he has radicalized This early attempt at discounting imprisonment by comparing it with an extreme form of the punishment he is proposing simply leaves the reader with a negative feeling towards both forms of punishment rather than bolstering his view The third paragraph of this essay is primarily concerned with persuading the reader that the rate of imprisonment is on the rise and that this form of punishment is now the form of choice in the United States He cites the statistic 16 million Americans are behind bars today That represents a 250 percent increase since 1980 and the number is climbing Lets look at this piece of information and analyze the value of such a statement Foremost he says 16 million Americans the key word here is Americans Most readers of US origin in my opinion take this word Americans to mean people whom live in The United States
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