Author: Ian McAllister
How to Write Death Penalty Essays
Death penalty essays are among the subjects that are easiest to write and get good marks. As you will know if you have read my book about getting good exam marks, I like essays where there are no right or wrong answers. You are going to be marked entirely on how interesting you can make your capital punishment compositions.
As I teach in my free report never go along with the other sheep. Think what everyone else is going to write in their death penalty essays and then write something entirely different.
As I say in my report, if I give you an essay to copy I am harming you. Each time you follow my ideas to write an exciting essay you are strengthening your ability. Each time you copy an essay you are weakening your skills. So this page will give you some ideas, but they are deliberately incomplete. You will have to sort them out if you want to use them.
Most people will write an argumentative essay either for or against, in their death penalty essays, so let’s think of alternatives. There are many to choose from depending on your background knowledge. For instance, if you know a lot about Roman Law you can write an essay about what was going on behind the scenes leading up to the death penalty on Jesus.
As I say in my book, you should always write about what you know, so let’s try something easier, and more fun. Authors reveal their own character (whether acted or real) in their writing. So lets pretend that we are totally egotistical, self-centred, money-grubbing, callous, and generally despicable.
Our thesis will be that it costs too much to keep people in prison, so the death penalty should be used more extensively.
One of the ways to start that I describe in my book is to tell a story. In death penalty essays your examiner won’t care whether the story is true or not. So you can tell how upset your dad got when he was filling in his income-tax form and you showed him an article about prisons.
It said that if a man steals $100 000 it can cost a million dollars to keep him in prison if he is convicted. The examiner can’t prove that the newspaper article doesn’t exist, and in any case he doesn’t care. Truth is not relevant in death penalty essays.
Point out how much would be saved from the public purse if the man was executed instead.
Developing your death penalty essays
Now you can really have fun shocking the examiner. People who oppose capital punishment object that innocent people may be executed. Fine… we have a population explosion problem, so the more innocent people we can execute the better. If you happen to know the explanation given to Alice in Lewis Carol’s book about why it is better to punish the innocent, then quote it.
You can go even further.
You probably remember roughly what was said about capital punishment in the Mikado, but the examiner just might remember it accurately, so don’t put it in quotes unless you have memorized it. You could say something about how much you agree with the idea from the Mikado that the death penalty should involve something humorous like boiling oil.
You could even get really outrageous in your death penalty essays and discuss the best way to carry out the execution so as to leave all the body parts fit for sale as transplants or for experimentation on the black market.
You might conclude your death penalty essays by pointing out that capital punishment has a total deterrent effect because nobody, innocent or guilty, who has experienced the death penalty has ever re-offended.
Read my free report
If you read and understand and apply the ideas in my report you will never again have problems with writing an essay. Even in factual essays my methods can gain you marks, but in English compositions such as death penalty essays you will find that the fun you get is habit forming. After all, where else can you be rewarded for poking the establishment in the snout?