Sunday, April 10, 2005

Torture

  1. The author keep repeating the phrase Damiens says which is "looked at himself." What do you think the significance of this is?
  2. Forms of punishment has changed from public torture to private lethal injections. Why has the form of punishment changed so much throughout the years?
  3. Throughout the reading they talk about physical punishment and punishment against the soul. Do you believe there should be physical punishment, mental punishment, or both against the convicted? Is there a better form of punishment that they should use?

4 Comments:

At April 10, 2005 at 8:28 PM, Blogger Jonny said...

As to why punishment has changed so greatly is due to the fact that people change. Today public punishment is not accepted as correctable action. In the past more people accepted a public display of punishment. Also, today we have made great transformations with the judicial system and the idea of public torture has lost its lust.

 
At April 10, 2005 at 11:11 PM, Blogger Erica Hong said...

I agree with jonny on why punishment has changed so much. Publicizing punishment is not socially acceptable. People nowadays do not like to see death and we try to keep death out of our lives as much as possible. There is no more excitement to see a public hanging. Also, in the past public torture was a way to show everyone that this particular person wronged society. Now we have many media sources that can inform the public of the wrongdoings of a particular person. Finally, ethically it would be wrong for the government to kill someone in such inhumane ways, therefore lethal injection is the best option.

 
At April 10, 2005 at 11:17 PM, Blogger Erica Hong said...

I also am going to comment on the 3rd question. I feel that punishment that deals with the mentality of the convicted is very harsh. I feel that this form of punishment has the greatest affect on the person and hurts them the most in the end. Physical punishment is only short term, unless it is death, and therefore does not harm a person as much as mental punishment. A combination of both could put a person into major depression. Is this fair? I'm not sure, I feel that it depends on the situation. But should we really feel we should be able to mess up these people, or should they try to be rehabilitated and should we try to understand them instead.

 
At April 17, 2005 at 9:04 PM, Blogger Melissa said...

I felt that this article brought up a lot of questions on how we deal with punishment today. Is captial punishment nessecary? Although its not as harsh as the punishments in this article at times its seems contridictory. You killed someone that was wrong but yet we will kill you. Yet the crime in the United States is too high; so maybe we aren't punishing harsh enough.

 

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