The question as to whether justice is objective or subjective has attracted significant attention over the past. The argument about justice is an important, yet old debate that touches upon nearly all dimensions of criminal charges, including mens rae (mental elements) for criminal law defence and crime. The current paper explores the concept of injustice by looking at the works of Susan Glaspell (in “Triffles”), William Faulkner (in “Barn Burning”), and Richard Wright (in “Bright and Morning Star”).
Justice in Susan Glaspell’s Trifles
Susan Glaspell’s Triffles presents justice in a rare kind of light which tries to determine its objective or subjective nature. Although it is expected of one to be subjected to punishment for committing an act of murder, the author views justice as a concept that has deep roots in gender roles, and one that men developed to serve their chauvinistic ideas. Susan justifies Minnie’s action by portraying as a means of ending social sanctioned loneliness and oppression of women. She depicts a world where the law is entirely created by men and women can only attain true justice by resolving matters outside the legal system. The author explains that, although justice is meant to be achieved by the law, there come scenarios where the oppressed must conceal the truth (or evidence) to achieve true justice.
Justice in William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning”
William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning” revolves around the experiences of a cunning and self-centred family whose father is in the verge of punishment for burning the burns belonging to those he feels have committed injustice against him. The author explores justice from a young boy (Starty) who is faced with the dilemma of choosing between his family and father on one side and society and justice on the other end. Starty comes to age and he has to accept his father’s idea of justice as one that victims of oppression pursued through revenge. The book depicts justice as a subjective reality that can only be attained by factoring in the experiences of the accused and the accuser.
Justice in Richard Wright’s “Bright and Morning Star”
The story portrays the challenges of that the black communists- who vouched for equal regard by law. Aunt Sue, the protagonist in “Bright and Morning Star,” is faced with the dilemma of choosing between the wellbeing of the member of the Communist party and her two sons when confronted by authorities. Overwhelmed by the fear of her son’s death and the brutal questioning and beating that she was subjected to by the sheriff, Sue was forced to reveal the names of the Community group members. However, she regained her pride upon remembering the hardships that black folks experienced in serving their white masters and decided to rectify her act by stop Booker from telling the names by shooting him. As such, the author presents justice as a subjective reality that can be attained through extrajudicial means.
Susan Glaspell, William Faulkner, and Richard Wright conceptualize punishment as a result of findings of guilt. This explains the authors’ subjective criteria for evaluating the behaviours of the accused and the pursuit of justice. Based on this analysis, one’s own viewpoint in the interpretation of the law affects the concep
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