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Our World's Justice Essay

749 words - 3 pages

“We live in a world where justice is skewed.” This statement can be interpreted in many different ways. I personally think that this statement means that the way our justice system can be altered in good ways and bad ways. In the many stories we have read there were different situations that altered the justice system. Many people view justice in different ways. Throughout the stories we have read, there were many different ways that justice was skewed, both positively and negatively. No way is particularly better than the other, however most people favor one way or another. Thsi statement is true in many situations and can be applied to our lives.
In the story “Wasps’ Nest” by Agatha Christie, The French detective, Hercule Poirot, goes to England to speak with an old friend (Christie 761). When he arrives he solves a case where a man was going to kill himself and blame it on someone else, luckily Poirot intervened (Christie 761-7). No crime was actually committed in the story so no justice was served, however, it was still skewed. Hercule stole the cyanide from Harrison and replaced it with washing soda, yet despite this being to save someone’s life it was still illegal (Christie 766-7). Justice was also skewed negatively for Harrison because he never got to see Claude die for stealing his fiancé, which in his mind was justice (Christie 767). He also was not able to have a fast death on his own time, but now had to wait for the cancer to get stronger and slowly kill him (Christie 767).
In the next story, unlike “Wasps’ Nest”, justice was very obviously served. In this story, “The Utterly Perfect Murder” by Ray Bradbury, a man traumatized by the memories of his rough childhood goes to extract revenge on Ralph, the aforementioned bully (Bradbury 800-5). In the beginning of the book, Doug, the narrator, goes off to Ralph’s home with every intention of killing Ralph, but when he arrives and sees that Ralph has become ill, weak, and frail, he is satisfied (Bradbury 804-5). Justice was skewed in a good way for Doug because he was able to “kill” Ralph in a sense without actually doing him any physical harm or repercussions (Bradbury...

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