Comparing The Penalty Of Death And George Orwell's A Hanging

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HL Mencken’s The Penalty of Death and George Orwell’s A Hanging have opposite views about the death penalty. The Penalty of Death supports the death penalty, while A Hanging opposes it. The Penalty of Death tells the readers that the death penalty is good because it satisfies people’s desires for justice, while A Hanging points out the immorality of it. A Hanging points out the immorality of the capital punishment when it describes the narrator’s realization of the “wrongness” of the method (Orwell 100) and The Penalty of Death demonstrates its point by telling the audience that the primary concern of the general public when it comes to criminality is to see the criminal “suffer” for his crimes (Mencken 58). Mencken also mentions that execution

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