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Williams 1 Toddirria Williams Ms. Olive English 1102 September 20, 2017 Death Penalty? Should we get to make the decision when a person gets to live or to die? Is a gas chamber the most ethical way to punish a person? This image raises these questions. The author of this photo is currently unknown however the stance that he is explaining with this image makes a great impact to some viewers. This image represents the process of the death penalty. There have been 1,264 executions in the United States since 1976 to 2011. Also in 2011, there were 2,736 inmates on death row. (Death Penalty Information Center) Execution in the U.S. can occur in five ways: by lethal injection, electrocution, lethal gas, hanging, or firing squad. But, lethal injection is by far the most common method employed in the states where the death penalty is legal. (Lauradimon, 2015) Did they all deserve it? This paper will explain how the image shows how inhuman the death penalty is. The artist used humor in this image to grab the audiences’ attention. He starts doing this by simply using a political cartoon. Political cartoons are made to be humorous. Their main purpose though is not to humor you but to persuade you. This political cartoon did just that. It made me think about the current issue of death penalties and swayed my opinion towards a certain point of view. Another humorous part of this image is the guy “in charge” just casually walking behind the guy about to be executed. At first glance this part was humorous to me but then as I started to analyze the image more I understood this part was supposed to make you
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