Death to the Death Penalty
West Coast University
July 4, 2013
The article briefly discusses the slowing momentum of the use of the death penalty in America. Many states that still have the death penalty rarely use it and the one’s that do seem to have executed the innocent at some point in time.
Author and practicing lawyer, Scott Turow, in his article, “Death to the Death Penalty”, recounts the situations regarding the executions of Troy Davis in Georgia and Lawrence Russell Brewer in Texas, in addition to the United States Supreme Court’s decisions to stay the execution of two other Texas offenders, Duane Buck and Cleve Foster. Torow’s purpose is to convey the idea that, the death penalty in the United States is withering at a pace no fast enough for most American citizens. He adopts a pithy tone in order to appeal to is adult readers.
Scott Turow begins his article by expressing that even though in a week where two men were put to death and two still awaiting their predetermined fate. The death penalty is undoubtedly come to a slow end. The author argues that in within the last seven years four states (New Mexico, Illinois, and New York) have done away with the death penalty while the remaining 34 states for executions continue to have a decrease in numbers. He plays on the public’s need for facts by presenting them with statistical values. This need for the truth and facts creates a audacious tone that ensure the Nation that the this issue is straightforward and accurate.
The language of this text is plain and literal. Turow uses this type of diction to capture the large spectrum of the audience of the American people.
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