Perspectives

This part of the study guide will help you gain a broader perspective on the satirical essay “No Death Penalty, No Easter Bunny” by Colin Cohen, by looking at the wider context and suggesting similar tex…

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Current issues

The death penalty has been practiced in the US ever since the time of the American colonies. However, as time passed, the methods used to execute convicted criminals have changed and an increasing number of states have stopped using the death penalty.

Presently, capital punishment is used in 31 American states, but it can also be used by the Federal Government and within the military. When the essay was published, th…

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Textual perspective

When you analyze Colin Cohen essay, you may consider other texts that focus on the same topic, or alternatively look at other texts that are written in a similar, satirical style.

One such example could be the 1991 article “My Sons on Death Row” by Kevin O’Sullivan. The article presents the case of an American mother whose two sons were both sentenced to death. The author explores possible causes that turn people into criminals and the pain a death sentence can cause to the relatives of a convicted. Unlike Cohen’s essay, the article uses more pathos, but logical arguments are also pr…

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