Since February 1994, Jeff Jacoby has been an op-ed columnist for The Boston Globe, where the essay, “Bring Back Flogging,” was published on February 20, 1997(Jacoby 196). In this essay, Jacoby claims the argument that prison time is so inhumane and he also shows that there are many flaws of imprisonment. Therefore, he wants to persuade his audience that flogging is an effective method of punishing criminals. In order to completely understand Jeff Jacoby’s argument, I will show how he convinces his readers by analyzing his essay.
Unlike general essay, Jacoby’s thesis is implied, but the readers can easily the main idea of his essay through the title. The title, “Bring Back Flogging”, can be a hook that the author used to grab the reader’s attention.