Analysis

This analysis of the text “No Death Penalty, No Easter Bunny” by Colin Cohen is based on the rhetorical pentagram model of analysis.

When working with this particular essay, note that it is important to keep in mind that Cohen uses sarcasm throughout the entire text, which means that his real opinion on the issue is almost always the opposite of what he says. This fact affects all elements of the analysis. 

In the next few pages, we will help you explore the topics of the essay - capital punishment and religion - looking at how the writer connects and presents them.

We will present the writer of the essay, Colin Cohen, focusing on the image he conveys about himself in the text, but also on his background.

We will discuss the readers of the essay, formed by those who access the writer’s blog, but also the readers Cohen wants to reach, such as the American public and those concerned with the issue of capital punishment.

We will examine the language of the text, focusing on choice of words, tone, rhetorical devices, and forms of appeal, and how they combine to convey the writer’s criticism of those who are in favor of the death penalty.

We will consider the circumstances of the essay, looking at the debate about capital punishment in the US and the general political context in 2003.

We will help you discuss the writer’s intention, which is to criticize those who support punishment by death by writing a satire which appears to be in favor of the death penalty. 

Read the full analysis of the text in the next pages!