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In  "The Case for the Defense," the extraordinary day had a extraordinary end. How was...

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connect2sakshi | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted December 24, 2012 at 5:25 AM via web

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In  "The Case for the Defense," the extraordinary day had a extraordinary end. How was the day extraordinary?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 24, 2012 at 11:37 PM (Answer #1)

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I think that the day could be considered "extraordinary" for a couple of reasons.  The first would be the structure of the day, itself.  It began with a trial for murder, where the outcome was all but guaranteed.  It ended with a verdict that reflected complete uncertainty.  It proceeded to feature a death that was brutal and swift, but with equal uncertainty as to which brother was killed- the murderer or the innocent one?  It is here where the day could be seen as extraordinary considering the emotional and intellectual depths to which it reached.  At the same time, the ending of the day is extraordinary because it reflected the absurdity of being in the world.  The entire story is predicated upon a justice system whereby individuals are sworn to "tell the truth," and exact certainty in a consciousness state where no such elements are really evident.  The story begins with such absolutism, and ends with murkiness.  The only real absolute element is the condition of doubt and pain that Mrs. Salmon will have to endure simply because she doesn't know, as we don't know, if justice was served or if the absurdity of being demonstrated itself.  There are tears shed and pain experienced, but little else that is evident.  From a day that started with so much hope and promise to this ending is extraordinary in its scope and sequence.  I think that the extraordinary ending of Mr. Adams being hit by a bus is also something that makes the day unique and distinct from all others.  The description of "a rabbit like squeal" with death to follow is extraordinary.  This is not a distinctively redemptive element, but rather one that defines what it means to be a human being in the modern setting.

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