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IELTS Writing Task 2 - Crime (Agree or Disagree Question)

Updated: Nov 9, 2023


Some people think that the detailed criminal description on newspapers and TV has bad influences, so this kind of information should be restricted in the media.


To what extent do you agree or disagree?


SAMPLE ESSAY:


Today, it is often argued that elaborate descriptions of criminal activities on printed newspapers and social media should be limited because of their numerous adverse effects. Personally, I disagree with this notion and will offer my opinion in the following essay.


Granted , there are several drawbacks of displaying detailed criminal information in the media. Firstly, the descriptions of brutal and serious offences could promote a strong sense of insecurity and anxiety among the general public in society. Consequently, many people may feel disinclined to socialize with others around or help strangers in need, especially those they think are potentially suspicious, which may render the community less close-knit and more cold-hearted. Secondly, elaborate criminal descriptions could adversely affect offenders to a great extent even after successful rehabilitation programs. This is because the human mind is capable of remembering detailed information of criminal acts people abhor , which possibly prompts them to still harshly discriminate against ex-offenders.


Nevertheless, I would argue that elaborately provided criminal descriptions are of huge benefit to the tightening of social security. On being publicly shown to the masses , these depictions can inform citizens of meticulous or intricate forms of illegal acts. Therefore, people will be encouraged to take more precautions or equip themselves with necessary tools to avoid such undesirable situations. For instance, thanks to the detailed reports of widespread crimes over the past few years, some Vietnamese households have already begun to install surveillance cameras and alarm bells which can timely alert these families to cases of thefts. Without these careful criminal descriptions, they might have been unable to take such appropriate measures to prevent serious offences.


In conclusion, despite the view that restrictions on showing detailed criminal descriptions in the media should be imposed, it is my firm conviction that this type of information would prove valuable to social security in the long term.



 

VOCABULARY

  • elaborate (adj): chi tiết, phức tạp

  • adverse (adj): tiêu cực

  • granted (adv): quả thật, thật vậy (để thừa nhận một cái gì đó)

  • offence (n): tội phạm

  • be/feel disinclined to do sth (adj): cảm thấy không muốn làm gì

  • render + sb/sth + adj (v): khiến ai/cái gì rơi vào một tình trạng cụ thể

  • rehabilitation (n): sự cải tạo

  • abhor (v): kinh tởm

  • discriminate (v): phân biệt đối xử

  • the masses (n): quần chúng

  • meticulous (adj): tỉ mỉ, cẩn thận

  • intricate (adj): tinh vi, phức tạp

  • precaution (n): sự cảnh giác

  • conviction (n): niềm tin mạnh mẽ



 

STRUCTURES


CONDITIONAL CLAUSE TYPE 3:


Had it not been for/But for/Without + noun, S + would/could/might (not) have + past participle (V3)


E.g: Without these careful criminal descriptions, they might have been unable to take such appropriate measures to prevent serious offences.



 

BRAINSTORMING


Detailed criminal description in the media should be limited + personal opinion: Disagree


Body 1: The reasons why detailed criminal descriptions in the media should be limited

  • Depictions of serious offences can cause significant insecurity and anxiety among the public → some people may feel reluctant to help others, especially those who seem suspicious → society may become more cold-hearted

  • The human mind can remember details of abhorrent crimes → people may still discriminate against ex-offenders even after successful rehabilitation programs


Body 2: The reasons why detailed criminal descriptions in the media should not be limited + my personal opinion

  • If detailed depictions of criminal activities are displayed to the public, more people can be informed of intricate illegal acts → they will be more cautious or even equip themselves with necessary tools

  • For instance, many Vietnamese households have installed surveillance cameras and alarm bells to prevent cases of thefts after watching detailed criminal descriptions in the media



 

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