The Art Of Torture

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Going by the title of this paper you are probably asking yourself "How in God's name can torture be seen as an art, were these people mentally ill?" well it was, but I talk about that later, let me tell you a little about the history of torture. Torture has been around since the times of Ancient Greece and is still around today, usually in the Mafia. Other than the mob, torture isn't very common in our society. Punishments aren't near as harsh as they used to be back in medieval times. The only punishments we have now are jails, the punishments there were in medieval times were numerous and downright inhuman.

Torture would keep criminal from doing something wrong again, assuming he lived through the torture. The punishments we have today are laughable and dumb.

Big deal, you are thrown in prison for a few years, you don't suffer one bit, but to the inmates, being thrown on a chain gang is so terrible.

Being given hundreds of paper cuts and being rolled in salt, now that's terrible and I'm sure the convi ct will never break the law again. Places like Singapore still operate like this. It happened to that one teen who decided to spraypaint some cars. He thought he could get away with it and he almost did, but he shortly found out that he had a little pay-back coming to him. The kid was caned, and he hasn't done anything dumb since. Torture like this works, torture is a way that can really make you have second thoughts before you do anything stupid.

Torture was practiced in numerous ancient civilizations. Convicts and war prisoners were put to death by using torture to give them a slow, humiliating death. To some American Indian tribes, it is...