Dealth Penalty Discussion
11 pages in length. Capital punishment was not only utilized as a painful means of death, but it was also a way of demonstrating one's mistakes in front of the community. It was a grand way in which the guilty not only paid for their crimes by forfeiting their lives, but it also served as a way to forcible inflict extreme humiliation while they suffered imminent death. The presumption was that those who witnessed such an act of barbaric magnitude would refrain from committing any such crimes themselves. It can easily be argued that the origins of capital punishment held a triple purpose: to kill the convicted by torturous measures; to maintain order within the community by way of intimidation; and to provide entertainment for the masses, as was such in Caligula's time. The writer discusses capital punishment as it relates to state and country involvement, methods, religious influence, current cases, legal criteria and pros & cons. Bibliography lists 14 sources.