Your essay must have a title and a thesis statement. Use prewriting techniques to generate ideas if you need to. The purpose of a persuasive essay is to convince the reader to agree with a point of view or to take an action. The author of such an essay uses appeals such as ethos, logos, and pathos, as well as other techniques (such as metaphor and simile) to deliver his or her message to the reader.
You may use the three persuasive appeals (ethos, pathos, and logos) and/or use the terminology created by Stephen Toulmin in your essay. For example, you may identify the following elements in the sources you analyze: claim (thesis), grounds (evidence), and warrant (link between the two).
Is the death penalty an appropriate punishment for violent criminals in the United States, or should it be abolished nationwide? Write an essay expressing your own opinion on the death penalty, in which you attempt to convince the reader to take some action (either agree with your point-of-view, actively protest against the death penalty, or take some other action).
Please format the final draft according to the MLA style. You must use evidence from each of the following sources to support your thesis. You may also use additional sources related to the subject of the death penalty:
- The film The Green Mile. Do the events of the film (specifically the tortuous execution of a guilty man and the execution of an innocent one) affect your opinions on the death penalty? (You may also use Stephen Kingâ€™s original novel The Green Mile as a source.)
- Two or more of the following essays:
- Zachary Shemtob and David Lat, â€œExecutions Should be Televisedâ€ (pages 62-63 in the Barnet book).
- Edward I. Koch, â€œDeath and Justice: How the Death Penalty Affirms Lifeâ€ (from our course website).
- Adam Gopnik, â€œThe Caging of Americaâ€ (pages 571-580 in the Barnet book).
- David Bruck, â€œThe Death Penaltyâ€ (from our course website).
Sample Works Cited Page:
Bruck, David. â€œThe Death Penalty.â€ Faulkner University, n.d., Admin.faulkner.edu. Accessed 25 Mar. 2020.
Gopnik, Adam. â€œThe Caging of America.â€ Current Issues and Enduring Questions: Twelfth Edition. Ed. Sylvan Barnet, et al. Bedford, 2020. pp. 478-486.
The Green Mile. Dir. Frank Darabont. Perf. Tom Hanks, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt and Michael Clarke Duncan. Castle Rock Entertainment: 1999. DVD.
Koch, Edward I. â€œDeath and Justice: How the Death Penalty Affirms Life.â€ Faulkner University, n.d., Admin.faulkner.edu. Accessed 25 Mar. 2020.
Shemtob, Zachary, and David Lat. â€œExecutions Should be Televised.â€ Current Issues and Enduring Questions: Twelfth Edition. Ed. Sylvan Barnet, et al. Bedford, 2020. pp. 64-65.
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