IELTS Writing Sample #119
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
By punishing murderers with the death penalty, society is also guilt of
committing murder. Therefore, life in prison is a better punishment for
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
You should write at least 250 words.
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
model answer: (Disagree)
I strongly support the death penalty for murderers. In today's society, life is
very violent. There are many mentally-ill people committing crimes and almost
nothing will stop them. We have interviewed captured criminals who say, "I was
going to kill him, but I knew that I could get the death penalty if I did. So I
just left him there." Obviously, having the death penalty saves lives and that
makes a positive difference to society.
If a criminal does murder someone, and then gets the death penalty, that isn't society's fault. Everyone knows about the death penalty as a punishment for murder. So, the person who murders is really killing himself at the same time he is killing his victim. The murderer has made the choice to die.
It is important to remember that the death penalty is used only for people who have committed very serious crimes. For example, a woman shot a police officer when she was trying to escape from jail. She was already a convicted criminal when she committed murder, and she deserves the death penalty.
People need to accept responsibility for their actions. Punishing murderers with the death penalty is one way that society can help people to realize/realise the consequences of their decisions.