Prison and Sarcasm Tone

June 15, 2018 Medical

“Bring Back Flogging” starts off his essay with a clear argument. His tittle itself states clearly what he is trying to persuade his readers. I can see that Jacoby has also strongly stated his thesis statement in his tittle itself. As an author he illustrates the sarcasm tone in his essay to make his point of view clear to the readers. He conveyed his readers in an ironical way, where there is a contrast between what he said and what he meant. Jacoby’s point of view simply shows us that he believes that flogging should be brought back to replace with a system involving corporal punishment.

As for me I do not agree with Jacoby’s point of view where he stated that flogging should be brought back after ages. First, to support my claim I clearly believe that flogging is actually a harsh way to punish a prisoner. Do you know what is flogging? Well, to those who do not know what flogging means here it goes, flogging refers to beating with a whip or strap or rope as a form of punishment. I don’t think so by being harsh to a prisoner will make him or her realize what his mistake was. It gives them pain and I am sure it may affect them to have the mentality of not being bothered of changing their attitude.

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Their mind voice would say, “I am being punished and I am going through this pain. What is the purpose of changing myself? ” I feel being behind the bars gives those prisoners a very good lesson in their life rather than being physically punished where they might be more aggressive after the punishment. In Jacoby’s second paragraph, “Now we practice a more enlightened, more humane way of disciplining wrongdoers: We lock them in cages. ” This sentence clearly shows that Jacoby’s sarcasm where he is actually not satisfied.

In his point of view, he feels that being in a prison is not a form of punishment for those prisoners. Actually, he thinks they deserve more than this which is the flogging. I am also against flogging because it is not a good way of punishing females. In Jacoby’s essay he stated that a lady was ordered by the court to fifteen stripes severally to be laid on upon her naked back at the Common Whipping post. I do not agree with this punishment as I think a lady should have her own human rights. As for some medical reasons women should not be flogged.

To illustrate this case, I could give an example that I read from the internet about a lady named Rachel Welch case of 1826 where she became pregnant while in solitary confinement and later died soon after giving birth due to flogging from prison. We can clearly see that flogging leads to death and this is not giving any benefit to the lady where she died after the punishment. Third, we would not know whether that particular person is actually mean to be sentenced guilty or not. How if they are not meant to be? Are they going to suffer the same punishment? I think this is an unfair punishment to those who are not sentenced to guilty.

Jacoby in his essay assumes that flogging will “prove a lot more educational than 10 years’ worth of prison meals and lockdowns”. How if that person is found he is not guilty and the law accused him on such punishment. Isn’t that called unfair to him? So he is going to spend ten years in jail and also being flogged without any valid reasons. I feel he is just wasting his entire life in there where someone else should be in his place. In short, I feel that flogging should not impose as a form of punishment. Even Jacoby has given as much statement as he could; I still believe that flogging should not be impose to the prisoners.


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