The Death Penalty Should Be Abolished Essay

1363 Words Oct 6th, 2016 6 Pages
Revenge is a dish best served cold. An eye for an eye. A tooth for a tooth. These are all examples of showcasing that revenge is not only ok, but that it is accepted in today’s society. In “Death and Justice” by Edward I. Koch, he gave out examples of how the death penalty is not only justified, that it is needed in today’s society. Although the death penalty is a part of the system, the death penalty draws only the worst of us in the human race and only satisfies a craving for the only thing people want when they have been wronged and that is revenge. Revenge is not only something that is never ending and never satisfies those who have gotten revenge, it also only enables a vicious continuous circle for hatred. Which is one of many reasons that I am not only opposed to the death penalty, but that the death penalty should be abolished altogether.

Revenge is defined “as to exact punishment or expiation for a wrong on behalf of, especially in a resentful or vindictive spirit.” I believe that the death penalty as it is in the justice system is the worst and most extreme of the system. Mr. Koch compares the death penalty of “Letting the cancer spread or trying to cure it with the methods available, methods that one day will almost certainly be considered barbaric.” He tries to persuade the reader that not having the death penalty is comparative to letting cancer spread. However, no one thinks that the methods of eradicating cancer as barbaric as that is the showing of one’s…

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