Discuss your personal reaction to a modern version of Tolstoy's "God Sess the Truth, But Waits."

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that the story is already modernized.  There are many examples of individuals who are imprisoned falsely and their narratives are profound.  Consider Anthony Graves, a man who sat on Texas' notorious Death Row, only to be exonerated of all wrongdoing 18 years after his initial incarceration.  Levon Jones is another example of someone who was wrongly accused of murder and was released after 15 years of incarceration.  These are modern examples of Tolstoy's short story.  The implications are twofold.  On one hand, Tolstoy's story is reflected in the modern setting because it highlights that the justice system can make mistakes.  It is striking with its logic in that if the justice system consists of individuals, and we can presume that individuals are not flawless, then, by definition, the justice system can be an extension of these individuals and contain flaws.  The other implications that can be seen is the idea that there is a redemption that lies long outside of the pain of condemnation.  Aksionov must endure a great deal of pain and suffering in order to find the redemption that he does experience.  "Waiting for his last hour" was something that he was able to embrace openly and with transcendent heart as a result of his experiences.  This sense of peace evident in his passing might have been a part of the "truth" and the "waiting" that was needed in order to illuminate this.  In the cases of the modern version, I think that there is an equal complexity in how one feels and what happens as a result of it.  In this modern setting, there might be a feeling of redemption, but also a truth that stresses individuals see something larger than their own experience at play.