Unformatted text preview: Other works include Madness and Civilization, The Birth of the Clinic, The Order of Things, and The History of Sexuality. Some themes that continue throughout the book are the body and soul, the prison and society, and different kinds of punishment. Discipline and Punishment The book opens with the brutal execution in 1757 of Robert-Francois Damiens who attempted to kill Louis XV. During this time, public executions were really popular. Hot pincers tore off his skin, and a hot mixture of liquids was poured into the formed holes. He must hold the knife for which he tried to commit murder. Then his limbs were torn off by horses and he was sent to be burned. Several times throughout the execution, Damiens was asked if he had anything to say and each time he said nothing. They were trying to get him to go against his beliefs by the way of torture....
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- Spring '08
- conscious experience, Louis XV, anonymous gay sex, Damiens, Punishment Biography