"Time Magazine's" Article 'Death Penalty Walking' Article Review

"Time Magazine's" Article 'Death Penalty Walking'
Presents a rhetorical analysis of "Time Magazine's" article 'Death Penalty Walking' by David Von Drehle, which looks at the United States' use of capital punishment.
# 151634 | 1,260 words | 1 source | APA | 2012 | US

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This paper explains that David Von Drehle in his article 'Death Penalty Walking', published in "Time Magazine", examines the persistent moral issue of the death penalty within various legal, ethical, sociological and historical contexts by means of rhetorical measures involving Aristotelian appeals, narration, tone and exemplification. However, the author notes that Drehle only gives evidence that the use of the death sentence should be better articulated or entirely eradicated but does not offer confirmation that it is an effective means of public safety. The paper concludes that the overall structure and syntax of the article is written well in terms of presentation, organization and conveyance of his meanings and opinions; however, Drehle's emotion or bias in opinion may have skewed the rhetorical effectiveness of his argument.

From the Paper:

"Furthermore, using the botched executions as a form of exemplification early in the article offers the audience a clear view of the author's opinion and stance on capital punishment, urging them to not dismiss the fact that the American Constitution expressly forbids cruel and unusual punishment. Although the author's stance on capital punishment is not explicitly stated in the article, the tone derived from offering the details of a botch examination, gives the audience clear insight into the author's attitude and stance on capital punishment -- that each time an execution is botched, the state finds itself in flagrant violation of the Constitution and, for all intents and purposes, breaking the law.
"Though capital punishment has been administered and accepted in this country for over two centuries, Drehle offers evidence of states that have abolished the practice or significantly reduced their respective rates of execution. While still addressing the complexity of the legal, ethical, and sociological contexts that makes the death penalty permissible, Drehle builds upon his use of exemplification and logos driven appeal stating that "fewer than 3 in 100 death sentences imposed in the U.S. are carried out in any given year.""

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Drehle, David. "Death Penalty Walking." Time Magazine Online. 4 Jan. 2008. Web. 22 Feb. 2012. < http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1699855,00.html>

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"Time Magazine's" Article 'Death Penalty Walking' (2012, August 17) Retrieved March 31, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/article-review/time-magazine-article-death-penalty-walking-151634/

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""Time Magazine's" Article 'Death Penalty Walking'" 17 August 2012. Web. 31 March. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/article-review/time-magazine-article-death-penalty-walking-151634/>