How could I organize my essay? Need help and opinion It’s about if I believe it should be reinstated or banned?
I have to do a 2-3 page MLA format research paper.
It is on if the death penalty should be reinstated or banned.
I said it should be reinstated….because it was easier.
I actually believe it should be banned, because I think it is more torturous to stay in jail for the rest of your life then to get the death penalty, and that some killer or something doesn’t deserve to have rights.
Although that is an opinion…and I need to back it up with facts…so I don’t know how I can prove that point of view, so I just did why I think it should be banned.
In my paper I took a more psychological stand point, that being in jail goes against the 8th amendment because of the mental stresses, and development of mental illnesses and mental break downs can be seen as cruel and unusual punishment, therefor going against the 8th amendment…
However, I feel odd taking a stand that way…one because it is different….really different, and some people use someones mental state as a bad excuse or what ever, and two because it isn’t what I truely believe in….but if I had to listen to the law and remove my biases…I would be taking it from a legal and psychological stand point…actually in my these I said “from a legal and psychological stand point…” just to show that isn’t my real point of view…
What is your opinion? Is it weird or different? Should I re do it?
Also, if you think I should re-do it, how should I organize my essay? or How should I organize the banned part, to support my opinion…what would go in the body be is what I mainly need to know?.
Most of my essay was about the psychological part because the rest were kind of back ground information helping me lead to the psychological part.
You should write about what you actually do believe.
Yes, redo it.
If it’s a research paper, then you are going to have to do some research and quote some facts and reference them at the end.
Just saying things like “from a legal and psychological standpoint” doesn’t make your paper sound any more authoritative unless you have some quotes or references to back up what you are saying.
What you need to do is do a LOT of reading so you can learn more about what other people have written about things that you believe in too.
You will never be able to write a good paper unless you do lots of research beforehand. You will get facts once you start to do some serious reading.
PS another point to remember about the death penalty is that lots of people who have been executed have been found to be innocent posthumously. Also, lots of prisoners in the UK and US have been pardoned because they were put in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. Unfortunately, they have usually been incarcerated for years. Further info here http://www.amnesty.org.uk/content.asp?CategoryID=78