Describe death penalty
The essay is on Derrida’s “The Death Penalty.” Other sources are Poe’s “A Predicament” and Shelley’s “On the Punishment of Death.”
The prompt is as follows,
For Derrida, the crux of the matter, when one reflects upon the death penalty (or peine de mort), is that of killing both time and pain. Explain why this is so, and in the course of your explanation, offer some remarks on the literary texts we studied alongside Derrida, in order to clarify why he speaks of anesthetics, painkillers, and pathos in the course of a complex exploration of the very instant of death.