Justice is often something that many people look for in their lives. Though some people find it; there are also many who don’t, and they continue searching the rest of their lives. This human search for justice is a desire to be treated with justice ourselves; as well as, to treat other people with justice.
Searching for justice in our nation began with the “Declaration of Independence” Thomas Jefferson states “In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms. Our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury” (pretence hall literature, 158). When person is wronged for the first time he may first be humble about the injury and seek justice in a simple way, through an apology or other form of emotional repay. Justice is as important in today’s society as it was for the early colonists. We find that people seek for justice in many different ways; such as revenge, judicial justice, religious justice, and Godly justice.
Revenge is perhaps the worst way to seek for justice. Throughout time men have sought revenge on people who have wronged them. In Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” many aspects of revenge are shown. Neighbors begin to turn on neighbors, and their puritan society crumbles as people are blamed for no horrible happenings in the village and convicted of witchcraft, not only to seek revenge for past wrongs, but for personal gain as well. We see that innocent people are often affected by revenge. For example in “The Crucible”, when Elizabeth Proctor is accused of being a witch by Abigail Williams so she can be with John Proctor; the Proctor’s children are left without parents when both John and Elizabeth are jailed (Miller, The Crucible). When in the search for justice people may want to inflict harm upon others to feel that if a physical injury has been repaid. Wrongs that are done to a person may not be that bad such as borrowing small amounts of money and not paying it back, or accidently taking something that does not belong to them. However in some cases people will make a small thing into a big deal. Often what usually someone does is for personal gain as well as revenge. In “The Crucible” the Putnam’s and the Nurses are in a land war and Mrs. Putnam blames Mrs. Nurse of killing her babies with witchcraft so that Nurses will be executed for witchcraft, therefore allowing her husband to buy the Nurses land (Miller, The Crucible).
One of the many forms of religious justice is a form of personal justice. Personal and religious justice may persuade on to change for the better. For example when someone knows that they have been wronged by themselves or by someone else because of a decision they made they may feel guilt. In Washington Irving’s “the Devil and Tom Walker” Mr. Tom Walker has a wife who is abusive and greedy, so to escape Tom wanders into the forest and has a chance meeting with the devil. Tom then makes a deal with the devil that he tells no one about to get the...