Torture Essay

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Torture is defines as the intentional use of physical or physiological pain to gain
advantage over an individual. Torture has been around since the times of Ancient Greece
and is still around today. Punishments arenít near as harsh as they used to be back in
medieval times. (1) 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. Medieval torture was a good way to extract confession,
obtain information and intimidate others in to co-operating and or confessing. The methods
of torture involved cruel devices that were not only intended to inflict extreme pain, but
also permanently disable the victim. (2) Witches and condemned prisoners usually took the
fall of the crime to escape any method of torture. During the time of the middle ages,
torture was proven the most effective way to extract confession from convicted prisoners.
In many ways, the church was also seen as one of the founders of torture in the Spanish

Torture has been considered an art form in some countries. Victor Hugo once said, ĒThe
guillotine is the ultimate expression of law, and its name is vengeance.Ē The executioner,
in the theater of the guillotine, has a very special role. He is the first one to walk on
stage and the last one to walk off. The executioner is the only permanent member after he
and the victim and their short uneasy relationship as he releases the rope. (4) The
guillotine was one the most popular spectacles to the people in the middle ages. The
decapitation of the enemies of the people was used as celebration. The tools used for
torture range from completely pointless and humorous to flat out excruciating. (3) Some
tools were used to embarrass while others were to severely punish people and others were
to torture a person with classified information to the point of pain where the victim
would just lie so the his misery would just end. The iron mask was a mask that was bolted
shut. The mask usually displayed the face of something funny, like a pig or a boar. You
had to sleep, eat, and walk around with this iron mask stuck to your head. This wasnít
really torture, it was usually used for people that talked too much or complained about
society. The nags bridle was a device that was locked over peoples mouths to prevent them
from talking, if the person still talked, it was removed and replaced with one with spikes
around the mouth area. This really wasnít a light torture, but it was a lot lighter than
others such as the pears, needles, thumbscrews, bamboo, and painful cuts, these tortures
were to just hurt you. Pears were pear shaped metal object that were inserted in the
victims mouth and or anus. After the device was in place, a screw at the top of the pear
could be turned, causing the pear to open up. (4) The needle torture was very, very
painful. Huge needles were pierced through certain parts of your boy and left there. The
executioner would leave the victim like this. For if the victim tried to remove the
needles, muscle and skin tissue would begin the rim, even with the slightest movement. The
thumbscrews were a very popular technique that was used to get people to talk. The
victimís thumbs were placed upon the device and tightened like vice. The thumbs would be
crushed until a confession as disertained. (3) The painful cuts torture is very crude. The
executioner would give small paper type cuts all over the body, and then roll in salt. The
shock of pain sometimes killed some of the victims. (1) The ordeal of three is one of the
most gruesome and least known of all torture. The victim is cut open, then a Gila monster,
a live one, is sewn inside the victim then the carcass of a dead buffalo is opened up and
the victim is sewn in, and left to die. (2) The hook is another gruesome torture in which
the victim is impaled on a hook and hung for everyone to see. The Spanish horse was one of
the nastiest ways to die. A spike pole is pushed into the anus of the victim then put on
his feet to stand. The victim dies of being impaled by his or her own body weight. The
Columbian necktie is when the victimís throat is slit open and the tongue of the victim is
pulled through the opening. The breast ripper cut into, then tears the flesh and removes
the breast of women accused of witchcraft. (4) The cats paw, very painful, had razor sharp
hooks usually applies to a small handle that were employed to tear the flesh from the
bones. The head crusher, much designed like the thumbscrews, slowly apply pressure to the
skull and inflict extreme pain and leave the victim in its grasp for hours. The heretics
fork was mainly used upon people suspected of heretics, was pointed on both sides and was
driven into the lower jaw and into the sternum of the victim. (3) The iron maiden encased
its victim within a rack of spikes. The iron maiden was more a killing implement than of
torture. The spiked chair, like the iron maiden, had spikes on it and when the victim sat
upon if the natural weight caused the spikes to dig into the flesh. (2) The wheel, a very
painful way of torture, used often was when the victim was laid across firm boards upon
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