The Art of Torture
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 convict 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 a custom to torment and burn prisoners.
Crucifixion was a popular torture technique in ancient Rome. Rome also used
torture to get slaves, criminals, just about anybody, to get them to talk about
secretive information. You see in these ancient Roman times, people were given
information and were told that they should never tell this information to no
one, well the Romans found out about this and this caused a major uprise in
the use of torture.
In 12th century Europe torture became very widespread
like it had just did in Rome. Before Europe began using torture, they relied
on a more common judicial type of settlements for crimes, by the 13th century
confessions and eyewitness testimonies came about and were used to determine
if a person were guilty or innocent. But guess what was used to get these confessions
from convicts, torture was used, torture was used a lot, but it could only
be used if there was a numerous amount of evidence against the defendent. From
the 14th to 18th centuries in Europe, torture was a very common thing of the
legal process of a majority of the European countries and even the Roman Catholic
The Roman Catholic church used torture as a way of punishing
heretics at the order of inquisitors. The Inquisition...