In Charles W. Chestnut's short story "The Sheriff's Children," what is the significance of "the law"? What does "the law" represent? What effect does the title have on the story and the plot?

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In Charles W. Chestnut's short story "The Sheriff's Children," the law represents a form of justice that is tainted and crippled by all of the prejudices characteristic of post-Civil War America near the South.

In the short story, characters speak of the law mostly in terms of penalties. What's more, the characters form prejudicial opinions about who should be receiving such penalties. For example, when the narrator reflects on the townspeople's experience with past murders, the narrator states that "every well-informed citizen" could speak of every murder that had taken place in the...

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