What is Circle Justice Circle of justice is a Native American form of justice. That is when people gather around in a circle and ask for forgiveness, trust, and healing. Forgiveness is when Cole Matthews asked for forgiveness for himself because he has all this anger built up inside of him and he gets it out on people who don’t deserve it. Trust because Cole has changed and he wants to be trusted. Healing because Cole hurt a lot of people and he wants to heal his anger. In the circle of justice Cole Matthews wants to ask for forgiveness. That is because had so much anger in him he just needed to let it out of him. He let it out of him but with beating up people, such as Peter Driscal. Peter has head trauma, speech problems, and nightmares because of Cole 's actions. Cole shoved Peter on the ground and beat him up so bad on his school sidewalk. He had a choice of being sent to juvenile prison or the circle of justice. Of course he chose the circle of justice because who would want to go to prison. Then Garvey and Edwin took him to an island in Alaska. Cole also asked for trust. He wanted to get trust …show more content…
Edwin and Garvey come and to insist that Cole goes back to the island for another chance. Edwin is teaching him some things that will fix his healing. The things he does every morning is go bare into the ice water pond, carry the heavy rock called the ancestor rock up the hill and roll it back down the hill and finally he has to at night if he sees an animal he has to do a dance of that animal for example the wolf dance. He is keeps himself busy by carving a totem pole and doing school work through the winter. Since Cole is much better with his healing he see’s Edwin and Edwin tells him that Peter Driscal isn’t doing so good. Cole asked Edwin if Peter could come to the island. He did but with his parents and Garvey because his parents want Garvey to stay with him on the
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It all starts with the hardware store, but Peter tattled. So Cole did the only thing he knew how to do. It 's a whole circle, Cole’s dad beat him and was an awful person and Cole is also going to be a dreadful person. “When my dad uses the belt on me, I know he 's trying to hurt me.
In the novel Touching Spirit Bear, troubled protagonist Cole Matthews has severely injured another boy. Instead of being taken into custody, he is given a second chance, and sent to a remote island. The program responsible for this alternate adhesion of justice, Circle Justice, is something that helps kids everywhere escape a life of crime, and become functioning adults. The arrogant teen takes full advantage of his luck, and manages to get himself into a deadly situation. Now, it is up to officials to decide whether he should return to the island, or carry out the rest of his sentence in prison.
First of all, Cole was able to overcome his adversity because he wanted to change into a better person. At this point of the story, Cole is in Rosey’s hotel and Cole, Garvey, and Edwin are talking about what happened on the island. “Cole nodded. ‘I do, but it’s okay.
Instead, he suffered as a result of his choices in life. Cole has been lonely all his life, and this has led to him to start doing things that have hurt and harmed others as well as himself for attention. Cole's feelings have been written on chapter 8, page 73 as "every action worked against him and hurt him deeply, a bitter loneliness swept over him as tears clouded his vision. " Cole felt alone, but only recognized it when he was on the brink of death. This, in turn, led to Cole trying to fill the loneliness with other things like violence and theft, which nearly lead him to his death.
Did you know that Circle Justice is practiced in Minnesota and in other Midwestern states? In Ghost of Spirit Bear, Cole still gets involved with the Circle. The theme in Touching Spirit Bear is to not blame others for your actions and to forgive the ones you have hurt and finding the bright side in life. “The sky, this stick, hot dogs, life, it’s all the same. It’s what you make of it.
The relationships in Cole’s life all had a different impact on him but specifically his relationship with Peter affected him a lot. Especially the part of the book when Cole found out that Peter told on him. “‘You’re a dead man,’ he warned... He laughed when he saw fear in Peter’s eyes”(7-8). This shows the relationship at the beginning of the book and clearly it wasn’t good.
When Cole Matthews was given banishment, he had many opportunities to reflect on his numerous crimes, and his behavior. As the chapters are progressed it is clear that Cole does not treat banishment for its actual reason. Banishment was for Cole to realize his actions and how he could make up for them. Cole wanted to take banishment as a subsitide for jail, because he didn’t want to be incarcerated. Cole’s constant negative attitude, discouraging behavior, and actions got the best out of him.
“Whatever happened he could always count on having one more last chance.” (Ben Mikaelsen, 6) These two pieces of evidence tell me that Cole was getting into trouble, so much without anybody caring, that he knew he would have no consequence to it. I feel that Cole was so ignorant, that he didn’t know what to expect in the real world. So when he did finally do something so bad that he needed a consequence, he had a fair share of troubles from the real world, it was like reality was smacking him in the face telling him to smarten up.
The book Touching Spirit Bear is a breath-taking book that is full of healing and change. Cole’s journey of healing and forgiveness starts out slow, but picks up the pace. This journey will show the reader how one can change so much. Cole goes to the island to escape time in prison. Even though anger never fully leaves a person Cole attempts to get rid of it, but on what?
At the beginning of the novel, Cole Matthews is a vicious teenager who thinks he is superior to everyone, but is, in fact, hiding behind a shield of anger, the result of being brutally abused by his drunken father. Cole’s father, Mr. Matthews, drinks non stop until he becomes a monster, and then ruthlessly beats Cole up. When talking to Garvey, a proud, Tlingit indian, who is also his parole officer, Cole opens up about his father’s abuse saying, “‘You don’t know what it’s like being hit over and over until you’re so numb you don’t feel anything!” (Mikaelsen 28).
Bryan Stevenson knew the perils of injustice and inequality just as well as his clients on death row. He grew up in a poor, racially segregated area in Delaware and his great-grandparents had been slaves. While he was a law student, he had interned working for clients on death row. He realized that some people were treated unfairly in the judicial system and created the Equal Justice Institute where he began to take on prisoners sentenced to death as clients since many death row prisoners had no legal representation of any kind. In Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson focuses on some of these true stories of injustice, mainly the case of his client, Walter McMillian.
Cole was beaten by him throughout his childhood. This pain and anger gave him the personality and characteristic to inflict pain on other people. The two final themes have a very strong connection. In order to heal, mentally and physically, you have to learn to forgive and receive forgiveness. This was a lesson the reader and the main character, Cole, experience throughout the book.
The boys killed a mama pig horrifically and offered it to the Lord of the Flies. Then Simon died by being stabbed and beaten to death. At the end the boys hunted Ralph and were planning to kill him, until the officer came to the rescue. The schoolboys have lost their innocence and nothing will ever be the
4 Criticism and Challenges The first point of criticism against victim participation in restorative justice processes arises from scepticism about an apology to the victim as a way of dealing with criminal matters. The perception sometimes exists as to it simply being a way to get away with the crime.106 Members of the public should thus be educated to understand that restorative justice is more than a mere saying sorry, but in the context of victim offender mediation or family group conferences it rather affords the victim the opportunity to confront the child offender with the real and human cost of his or her criminal actions. Another concern deals with the possible secondary victimisation of the victim in the case where the offender pretends