The Guillotine


The guillotine is a device used for executions by decapitation. It consists of frame and from that frame a blade I suspended. The blade will separate the head from the body in a quick way. I have to say that if I were to be executed I would have chosen the guillotine rather than hanging. This “tool” was mostly used in France during the French revolution, but in several countries they continued to use it even after the revolution.


What du you think about death penalty today?

This is a list of how many people that was executed in the year of 2010 (From Wikipedia).

  • Thousands of People
  • 252
  • 60 (we can not be sure!)
  • 53
  • 46
  • 27
  • 18
  • 17


If you take a closer look at the list you will see that all of them are dictatorships, heavy dictatorships, all of them except USA. So, why is the USA so high placed on the list? If they should be a symbol for western democracy, why is it even legal? The punishment was abolished for a few years but was reintroduced in 1976 and since then almost 1100 people has been executed. What do you think about this? I think it is morally wrong. Let us say that we have a murderer, he is sentenced to death and they kill him. What have they just done? The answer is easy, they have just killed a people. If murder is illegal why is death penalty legal? Is not that kind of the same thing?


// Hedvig

Postat av: Ebba

I think that killing a person is unforgivable, but by killing that person what do we then achieve? I think that the person how does something like that should be put in prison for life time, and then you should not be able to get out after 15 years or something like that. I also have to agree with what you asked, if it isn't the same thing if we kill the murderers. I know that I wouldn't wanna kill anybody, even if that was their punishment

2011-04-08 @ 11:33:47
Postat av: Nora

Very Interesting thoughts Hedvig!

I think killing someone is always the same thing, it does not matter how you do it; it is still killing! And no one will learn anything by being killed. The person killing someone is probably kind of messed up so aren't we going to save a messed up life instead of take away another one? I am not saying I feel empathy or anything for the ones who kills but prison for life is so much better than killing.


2011-04-08 @ 11:37:23
Postat av: Hedvig

I am happy that you think the same things as I do! :D

2011-04-08 @ 11:43:20
Postat av: Hanna

I think that it is better to send those people to jail for life time instead of execute them, and as Ebba said, not let them out until they have served of their sentence.

I think it is wrong to kill people. And they can actually be innocent!

Really interesting entry Hedvig! =)

2011-04-10 @ 15:25:44
Postat av: Erik

But can't this be seen from many angles or perspectives. I mean, it is the same thing when you execute people, but you also have to take a look at what the people that is given death punishment have done to earn it. Like serial killers for example, how much pain have they caused relatives to the people they have killed? And execution also have a symbolic purpose, to scare people off from doing these severe crimes. I also agree with you Ebba, you should not get out of jail if you have a life-time jailpunishment.

Very interesting article! :)

2011-04-12 @ 21:26:13
Postat av: Baloo Peinkofer

Morally wrong? Yes it is. But is society governed by morality? No it is not. It costs less to execute a serial killer than to keep him alive and behind bars the rest of his life. Also, if he is sentenced to a life in prison, who pays? The taxpayers, you and I and the victims mother, daughter, sister or brother. Another factor is of course if he is to given permission to visit a store outside of jail (with a guard of course!) to buy a book or whatever a detainee needs. What if one of the relatives or friends happens to be around in this particular store. How are they supposed to react? Would this not evoke strong emotions? And besides, you can hardly prohibit the relatives of a victim to go out because "it's convicted serial killer night out", can you?

I noticed that most of you seem to emanate that the crime for being executed has to be murder. According to me there are deeds that are far worse than murder. Statutory rape or rape in general for example. These destroy can, probably will, destroy an entire life, and yet the victim is doomed to walk the earth. What if a murderer has a mental sickness? What if he cannot help but kill innocent people? Is not life a suffering for him as well? Is not he to be released from a life of decadent compulsions?

Very interesting topic, isn't it?

2011-04-14 @ 18:30:29

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