There are crimes in this world that people believe are so heinous that they are punishable by death. These crimes are called capital crimes and the gruesome punishment you go under is referred to as capital punishment. Some states have abolished capital punishment; many states still uphold this ancient practice. Thirty-two of the fifty states in the US still have capital punishment. With the death penalty such a controversial topic, there are bound to be pieces written on it.The books The Last Day of a Condemned Man and In Cold Blood, both narrators tell the tale of two criminals awaiting and serving out their punishment to a capital offence. While The Last Day of a Condemned Man is told in a first person view, In Cold Blood is told from a third person. Although from different views, each tells the trials and tribulations of approaching the death penalty. Whether the death penalty is a humane punishment or not is a very controversial subject. One of the major issues with the death penalty is how it is conducted. Death row is a very flawed system and has been for a long time and both of these literary works show the major problems concerning it.The Last Day of a Condemned Man wrote by Victor Hugo, is told by a man waiting on death row for a crime never established. Based in 1829 during the reign of terror in France, the death penalty was used frequently and for an array of crimes. This period in time was harsh and many people died by the bloody hands of executioners only doing their jobs. In the beginning of the novel we meet a hopeful man and by the end we see a broken and beaten down human being. Hugo really does a good job in showing how this change happens in the man.In Cold Blood is a nonfiction-fiction novel w…
… of the death penalty. You see the philological twists and turns someone goes through awaiting death and get a real sense of what it feels to be in that situation. Whether the death penalty is wrong, or right, these influential authors showed us the true nature of capital punishment.
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