Comprehensive Argument Analysis final project

Comprehensive Argument Analysis final project - Appendix D...

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Critical Analysis Forms Source 1 Title and Citation: The Death Penalty Does Not Deter Crime. Grant, Robert. "The Death Penalty Does Not Deter Crime." Opposing Viewpoints: Problems of Death . Ed. David A. Becker. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2006. Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center . Thomson Gale. University of Phoenix - main account. 11 Jan. 2008 <http://find.galegroup.com/ovrc/infomark.do? 1 Identify the principal issue presented by the source. The subject of this source is capital punishment. It presents the viewpoint of capital punishment as an act of violent revenge which fails to prevent crime, but instead breeds more violence. 2 Identify any examples of bias presented by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this. I consider this source to be generally a type of evident bias because the author does not admit factors why capital punishment could be allowed. There is a tendency to search and present the information in a way that confirms already settled belief. The author provides only the kind of statistics that confirm his supposition. The example is: Twenty-two thousand murders are committed annually in the U.S.A., but only two-thirds are arrested, and only 45 percent of accused are found guilty. In my opinion it is fair to show any data, and there is a statistic of murders rate where capital punishment deters crime. 3 Identify any areas that are vague or ambiguous. If none exist, explain how you determined this. This is an example of vagueness: “Retributive justice has a bad history, however, as it has historically been used to enforce a class society by oppressing the poor and protecting the rich”. This claim needs more details and clarification. Also the words “poor” and “rich” have ambiguous meaning. The example is a semantic ambiguity. 4 Do you find the source credible? Explain your reasoning. At the beginning I found the claim to be plausibly true based on some biased information. Analyzing it more I came to the conclusion it was a credible source because it represents a good support of my background information. The facts presented by this source coincide with my personal observations, and the information I’ve found from other credible sources. 5 Identify and name any rhetorical devices used by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this. “Kids and petty offenders under the current system become hardened, violent, and persistent criminals”. This rhetorical device is called euphemism. The word “petty” is put as addition to “offenders” to make it sound better. “The contagious nature of violence infects the morally righteous police officer as well as the brutal lawbreaker. CRT 205
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This note was uploaded on 05/12/2010 for the course GENERAL 9898 taught by Professor Meme during the Spring '10 term at École Normale Supérieure.

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