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In the three stories "A Vendetta" by Guy De Maupassant, "Crackling Day" by world's famous novelist Peter Abrahams and "The Gold Cadillac" written by Mildred Taylor the writers present different ideas of justice

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How writers present different ideas of justice in societies In the three stories "A Vendetta" by Guy De Maupassant, "Crackling Day" by world's famous novelist Peter Abrahams and "The Gold Cadillac" written by Mildred Taylor the writers present different ideas of justice in the societies in which their stories are set. Justice is the concept involving the fair, moral and impartial treatment of all persons - often seen as the continued effort to do what is "right." Justice is a particularly foundational concept within most systems of "law," and draws highly upon established and well-regarded social traditions and values.* The first story, a very popular novel "A Vendetta" written by the greatest French short story writer Guy De Maupassant is set in the Mediterranean Italy - the island Sardinia and its surrounding areas. The protagonist in the plot is an old woman, widow Saverini, also referred to as 'the old mother'. Mother Saverini had a son Antonio who was one day "treacherously stabbed by Nicolas Ravolati." The old woman wanted justice for her only son's murderer and decided to take revenge. In "A Vendetta" justice is achieved by revenge. Woman Saverini faced a dilemma because she was old and incapable of taking longer journeys but she promised her son a vendetta. "Your mother always keeps her word, you know she does." The author has used the theme of the "Italian Revenge," which appears especially in the south part of "the shoe," in which the story is set to justify why the mother was so concerned about the revenge, justice and equality. ...read more.

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The white boys got away with their crime. Uncle Sam was very unhappy with his acting but he understood that this was the best case - the consequences could have been much worse for the whole family. On the next day he brought his nephew an orange, a bag of sweets and a picture book as a compensation, hoping that "You'll [nephew will] understand one day. This probably was the only just part of the whole plot - boy gets punished for something which was not really that bad but then he gets recompensed with presents. Peter Abrahams presents both justice and injustice in his short story. The unjust part is punishing the black boy in an extremely violent way for a crime which was not as serious as the punishment and the getting away with racism of the white boys. It was only just that the black boy got rewarded on the next day for the unjustly carried punishment. The third and last story studied is called "The Gold Cadillac" and is set in the north part of the North American continent. It shows a community of a neighbourhood consisting of black people. The main characters belong to a family made up of a couple with two children, uncles and aunts. Just like the previous short story, this one is also about racial discrimination against black people. ...read more.

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I think that the most interesting, but at the same time deeply disturbing and depressing story is the second one explained in this essay - "Crackling Day" by Peter Abrahams. It gives me an insight into the South African culture and the evil system of apartheid. There is a lot to write about this story in terms of how justice and injustice are presented. In all three stories justice and/or injustice are presented in a specifically different way. In "A Vendetta" justice is achieved by the mother taking revenge in the climax, where the murderer is killed. This situation is a reference to the words that Matthew wrote in the Bible centuries ago - "Eye for eye, tooth for tooth." The murderer killed a boy but at the end the same situation happened to him - he got punished for murdering in exactly the same way as he murdered Antonio Saverini. In "Crackling Day" both justice and injustice appear. The boy gets insulted and hit by a guy of the other colour just for being black. He gets involved in a fight for his and his father's honour. When he comes back home he is punished for what he did; I think that the fact that he fought was well justified because he was deeply cursed and provoked to start the conflict. At the end justice is shown when the boy gets presents and apologies from his uncle for the violence, which was also justified, it could always be worse. *Source: wikipedia.com ...read more.

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