Comments and discussion

In your analysis of “No Death Penalty, No Easter Bunny” by Colin Cohen, you should also consider commenting on those statements that are particularly controversial or interesting. If you are using the textbook version from Serious Business, you are also asked to discuss arguments for and against the death pena…


Controversial statements

The text is a satirical essay. A s a consequence, every statement is meant to be controversial because the writer’s intention is to mock and criticize those who favor the death penalty.

For example, the first part uses numerous religious arguments which the writer claims to support capital punishment. To give you a few examples: “We really didn't need the death penalty, as God took care of it Himself, such as when he passed the sentence of death on both the citizens of Sodom and Gomorra and the first-born sons of Egypt.” (p. 68, ll. 11-14)…


Pros and cons of the death penalty

In this section we will briefly outline some of the most popular arguments in the debate about the death penalty. It is by no means a complete list, so feel free to add more - and reflect on which arguments you find most convincing, and why. 

Those who are in favor of capital punishment typically argue that:

  • Offenders deserve to be punished according to the seriousness of their crime.
  • The fear of a death sentence might dete…

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