Hi. For my 1000 word essay, I need to write about:
In what ways do composers of texts explore ideas about Justice?
In you response refer to one film (Dead Man Walking) and one novel (To kill a Mockingbird).
For my essay structure, I want an introduction, 3 body paragraphs and a conclusion. However, I am not sure what to base each of the 3 body paragraphs on. Different types of justice, perhaps? (e.g social justice, moral justice). Are there any ideas that could strengthen my essay, as to what I can base my 3 body paragraphs on?
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Another type of justice, more figurative than the others discussed, is poetic justice. Perhaps this is akin to moral justice, but there is an added idea of karma or "getting what you give".
An example in this novel is found in Bob Ewell's demise. When he attempts to harm two innocent children in the dark of night, he ends up being killed himself by a bystander who comes to the rescue. Ewell's vices lead directly to his death and his punishment, ultimately, has the poetic justice of fitting his crime.
Obviously, both the film and the novel concern black men who have been unjustly convicted of crimes they did not commit. You may want to explore some aspects of how once a man is convicted, how difficult it is to convince a second judge or jury to overturn the conviction. Sadly, American prosecutors do not want to admit when they are wrong (the film Conviction also comes to mind), even when incontrovertible evidence is presented to prove the innocence of the accused. Prosecutors, it seems, are paid to convict the accused at all costs, and many do not bother to ask themselves if the man is innocent or not.
ONe thing that I think helps make a strong essay is to compare and contrast issues between the movie and the book rather than looking at an issue in just the movie or just the book. For each body paragraph, pick one idea and discuss it rather than bringing up multiple issues per paragraph.