This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

An Analysis Of Oz

2716 words - 11 pages

Central to the second season of Oz are two major course themes covered throughout the semester: the gap between criminal and social justice and the requirement of social deviance. Characters of interest involving these themes include Kareem Said, Kipekimi Jara, Simon Adebisi, Governor Devlin, and Jiggy Walker. Within the second season of Oz, prisoners are able to produce social justice and use social deviance to set the actions and culture of the prison population. Social justice is officially defined as this: “the distribution of advantages and disadvantages within a society” (dictionary.com, np). Throughout the semester, it has been stated that there is a gap between criminal justice and social justice. Basically, we as a class through discussion and weekly reading folders have allowed the following reality to nestle into our brains: criminal justice is achieved by pouncing on those who have disadvantageous resource access, physically and emotionally. Within the second season of Oz, it is somewhat apparent that the creators of the television show are attempting to exemplify that the prisoners viewed in both Emerald City and gen pop are capable of creating social justice, very similar to the ideas that “one man can make a difference” and “ anybody is capable of anything.” As is apparent, prisoners are able to produce social justice, but are also able to represent elements of the carceral society and prison-industrial complex through production of docile bodies either by choice or by coercion from correctional bodies.
The first character that represents the idea of prisoners producing social justice while in prison is through Kipekimi Jara. This man is able to produce social justice in two separate ways within the prison, directly through Adebisi and indirectly from Adebisi’s actions. As stated above, social justice is defined as “the advantages and disadvantages within a society.” Aside from sounding stale in terms of the common message, Jara was the family of Adebisi. Adebisi was specifically instructed by Sister Peter Marie to come to drug counseling and to “stop hiding from something.” Throughout the episodes in which Jara is present, he not only prevents Adebisi from murdering the new Italian crew, but actually is able to sit down with Adebisi in the library and talk of the African culture that Simon has “been hiding from.” Adebisi, as implied through his fifteen years in America and Jara’s reference to this, his been deprived of the advantages that the African culture of which Jara is a part provides. As a result, Simon wears the tribal cap from Jara and is seen both before and after Jara’s death visualizing tribal dances, one of which he performs. Adebisi even tells Sister Peter Marie that “…for the first time since I have been in Oz, I feel like I have found family.” Further evidence of this social justice produced by Jara through Adebisi is written of by Reiman. Reiman includes a quotation from Robert Johnson and Hans Toch that...

Find Another Essay On An Analysis of Oz

The Usefulness of Structuralism as an Analytical Tool for Uncovering How Meaning is Generated in The Wizard of Oz

1919 words - 8 pages range of analytical tools, however, this essay will examine Joseph Campbell’s monomyth and Claude Lévi-Strauss’s theory of binary oppositions. Through analysis of Victor Fleming’s film, The Wizard of Oz (1939), it will be shown that although the monomyth and binary oppositions are useful tools with which to unveil how meaning is generated in this text, structuralism can undermine the audience’s ability to engage with their own interpretations of

Theme Analysis: "One 16 oz. Analysis- One More Thing to Carry" An essay on Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried."

906 words - 4 pages appreciate "the things they carried" as well as creating an extended metaphor.O'Brien begins his work describing the care that Lieutenant Cross has for the letters he carries from a girl named Martha, from back home. O'Brien writes, "In the late afternoon, after a day's march he would dig his foxhole, wash his hands under a canteen, unwrap the letters, hold them with the tips of his fingers, and spend the last hour of light pretending." (960) O'Brien

Execution, Acquisition, and Consummation of an 8 oz. bottle of Dear Park water BY: Paul Whalen Kitonis

875 words - 4 pages there. My slow trudge transformed into an all-out sprint in a matter of seconds, my heart racing, my veins pumped with battery acid. 'Whoosh'. I relaxed in the cool, shaded comfort zone beneath the porch. The stairs to the upper floors lay to the left of me, and the foot shower to the right. As I wash my extremities, my vision meanders towards the flight of stairs that awaits me, the year-old stairs still stalwart as they had appeared in the

An Analysis of Marketing

2787 words - 11 pages An Analysis of Marketing As defined by Kotler and Armstrong (1994) marketing is “a social process by which individuals and groups obtain what they need and want through creating and exchanging products and value with others”. Marketing is an extensive topic. Primarily when we consider what is marketing we think about the advertising, publicity and selling of a product or service. In actual fact the prime concern of

An Analysis of Freakonomics

1282 words - 5 pages whose job is to analyze people’s social behaviors and why they occur. To accomplish the task of analyzing social behaviors, an economist has two advantages which largely distinguish them from other non-economic researchers of society: the assumption of the economic rationality of the decisions of people and verification of facts through the data analysis. Economic rationality is the assumption that people will make decisions that are best for them

An Analysis of Democracy

1174 words - 5 pages freedom to name a few. Contrast President Bush's depiction of democracy with these words from a member of the American Anti-Socialist League (AASL): "The inherent morality of democracy claimed by its champions is a figment of the human imagination. It derives not from a logical analysis of democracy, but from a vague, instinctual feeling that justice and the protection of rights are linked to majority rule. Nothing could be further from the

Analysis of an Advertisement

1159 words - 5 pages Analysis of an Advertisement Every woman wants diamonds because they are beautiful, rare, and are a symbol of success. There is something about diamonds that make every woman want one. Diamonds make a woman feel bold, sophisticated, and powerful. Something magazine recently published a diamond ad for A Diamond Is Forever.Com. A Diamond Is Forever . Com is a website that does not sell diamonds, but displays all the new styles

Analysis of an Advertisement

1153 words - 5 pages Analysis of an Advertisement In this piece of writing we will be analysing adverts published by Guinness. Guinness itself has, according to one of its adverts, been around since 1759. If this is true then this would make Guinness one of the oldest drinks around today, except, of course, water. What really matters for us is that Guinness has been at the forefront of advertising since the 1920s. Guinness' adverts have

An Analysis of Communism

659 words - 3 pages An Analysis of Communism   Different forms of government have existed through the ages, including capitalism, monarchy, socialism, dictatorship, and theocracy. Communism is a government that developed in the early nineteen hundreds. The theory of communism is to create a government under which all people are equal. Communism hasn't achieved its goal to make all people equal.   The leaders of communist nations have shown an

Analysis of an Advertisement

957 words - 4 pages The ad that I choose to write about in my analysis is a car ad. The reason I choose this ad is because as I was flipping threw the pages it caught my eye. It looked like an expensive car, but I realized it was a Mazda and that the price of the car was not expensive what so ever. In this ad what stands out is a car and the design of the car along with the different features. One would never have realized it was a Mazda.The ad that this magazine

An Analysis Of Courage

1071 words - 5 pages An Analysis of Courage the Cowardly Dog The emphasis on the unconscious mind was most notable to those who contributed to the different areas of the psychodynamic theories. One notable individual is Carl Jung, who established Analytical Psychology and one of its subcomponents includes the universal archetypes. One character's personality in particular, Courage from "Courage the Cowardly Dog" can be analyzed using Jung's universal archetypes

Similar Essays

An Analysis Of Setting And Tone Of The The Wizard Of Oz By L. Frank Baum

3223 words - 13 pages , Nebraska. The Wizard became a ventriloquist and balloonist on growing up. One day, the ropes became twisted when the Wizard was making an ascension. A gust of wind carried the balloon far away, to the Land of Oz There, he had the Emerald City built. He also had the green spectacles made so that everything that everybody in the city sees looks green. The Wizard explains that he was afraid of the Witches. The Witches of the North and the South were both

Analysis Of The Wizard Of Oz

1036 words - 4 pages in her own well being, but now is displaying consideration for her friends, and also exhibiting some newfound strength. Inside of Oz they meet with the great and powerful Wizard. He is presented as an ominous being, and asks Dorothy to do the impossible, bring him the Witch's broom.At the Witch's castle we find a much different Oz. It is dark and dreary, and though still colorized, not colorful in the least. She decides that she has put her

The Wizard Of Oz: An Allegory On Populism

1163 words - 5 pages was little.) The most insignificant quotes, like "Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking", have received a whole new meaning in my mind. I am still currently striving to place Toto and the Lollypop Guild and Lullaby League in history. I am amazed that I never knew the movie was so unmistakably allegorical, and cannot think of a better way to get to know the time period.L. Frank Baum created a world called Oz that greatly correlates

Analysis Of The Film: The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz

1044 words - 5 pages famous films ever made. The film was not a box office success, it only received 3,017,000 on a 2,777,000 dollars budget but it still receive a large amount of positive reviews and remakes (). This is important in terms of the audience it reaches because it was not just a children’s movie, or an adult movie, or a movie for teens, it was a movie for the entire family that targeted no specific audience. The Wizard of Oz has won critical acclaim by