There are many victims of unfortunate circumstances in the world today, yet some of these results could have been easily avoided. In the novel, Just Mercy, the author Bryan Stevenson addresses many cases in which children under the age of 18 are incarcerated within the adult criminal justice system. By treating children as adults in the criminal justice system their innocence and undeveloped person, become criminalized. These children become dehumanized and only viewed as full-fledged criminals and as a result society offers no chance sympathy towards them. Stevenson argues that children tried as adults have become damaged and traumatized by this system of injustice.
In Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy, he writes to illustrate the injustices of the judicial system to its readers. To do so, Stevenson utilizes multiple writing styles that provide variety and helps keep the reader engaged in the topic. Such methods of his include the use of anecdotes from his personal experiences, statistics, and specific facts that apply to cases Stevenson had worked on as well as specific facts that pertain to particular states. The most prominent writing tool that Stevenson included in Just Mercy is the incorporation of anecdotes from cases that he himself had worked on as a nonprofit lawyer defending those who were unrightfully sentenced to die in prison.
Symbolisms are significantly meaningful to thoroughly produce an influential impact on humanity’s understanding of life and death. It can either mold an atmosphere of assurance to a nation or a condition of skepticism and turmoil to a society. In “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote, there are countless of powerful imageries that establish the harsh reality of violence through thrilling uses of figurative language. To initiate, Truman Capote uses substantial diction to create a candid, yet gloomy tone.
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.
“There is a strength, a power even, in understanding brokenness, because embracing our brokenness creates a need and desire for mercy, and perhaps a corresponding need to show mercy (Stevenson 109) .” This bold statement is one of many as Bryan Stevenson sets the tone for his renowned award winning novel Just Mercy. As a young lawyer from Georgia, built the foundation for his company, SPDC (Southern Prisoners Defense Committee) to help convicts that are on death row or in need a second chance. Bryan Stevenson, a young lawyer from Georgia who fought for justice on the behalf of inmates on death row, showed tremendous intelligence in becoming a successful lawyer, demanding for not backing down in moments of refusal, and was an overall advocate
Martin Luther King’s historic I Have a Dream speech has a similar goal to Atticus Finch’s closing argument in the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Both speeches use rhetorical devices along with ethos, pathos, and logos to support and defend their points of view in the situations in which they exist. Through each of their wording and literary methods, they defend racial equality for their fellow humans. Both Martin Luther King and Atticus Finch have similar styles over conveying their views.
The rhetorical question gives the reader a sense of what this whole text was written for which is to give an answer that speaks for itself. Intro: Mary Ann Shadd Cary was an African American abolitionist, newspaper publisher, lawyer, educator and writer. When she moved from the United States to Canada to work with the slaves who received freedom due to the Fugitive Slave Act, she writes referring to this particular community to have their own voice through a newspaper of their own. To achieve this she uses techniques such as rhetorical strategies, parallelism and persuasion in her text from an editorial “Why Establish This Paper?”
Question 1: Think back to your views before you began to read Stevenson’s book. What, if anything, in this book surprised you? How did this book challenge your beliefs on any of the following? The criminal justice system Capital punishment Legal representation Poverty
Stevenson’s main goal with death row sentences are to get them re-trialed and sentenced with a lower level punishment, for he believes killing someone is inhumane. The book provides shocking data in regards to death row cases; “By the end of 1989 the number of people executed by the state would double (p68).” “Since 1976 judges in Alabama have overridden jury sentencing verdicts in capital cases 111 times. In 91 percent of these cases judges replaced life verdicts from juries with death sentences (p70).” Time and time again, we see Stevenson working hard in the fight against the court’s decision to make these statistics
In his dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451, American author Ray Bradbury forewarns of the great threats technology poses upon humanity. Bradbury’s purpose is to exaggerate the negative effects of technology because they could soon become a reality for the dying society. In order to achieve this feat, he adopts an apprehensive tone to persuade the audience of young adults to rely less on technology, and change their course of destruction. Bradbury artistically amplifies the hazards of technology and their effects on the youth through the use of allusions and juxtaposition. Ray Bradbury establishes an immense sense of credibility within his audience by employing historical allusions and juxtaposition to validate his novel.
This novel includes many elemental traits; it has allusion, tone, symbolism and many more. These three are some that stand out a bit more and have been placed throughout the novel a bit more. To start, allusion is one of the few that is highly noticeable. Allusion is defined as an indirect or passing reference. Stevenson did this a couple times in the novel, but the first time this was used in the novel was in the beginning of the story.
Imagine a little girl trudging through the snow, walking alongside her grieving mother. As she looks away from her feet she glances at her little brother’s corpse lying on the snow lifelessly. This experience would cause significant emotional trauma to anyone that lived through this experience although her little brother would feel nothing because of his current predicament . The use of symbols in The Book Thief, by markus zusak helped develop the themes, the people left alive are the ones who suffer, love will conquer all, and if you let regret consume you then there is no room to move forward.
In literature, archetypes “evoke deep and perhaps unconscious responses in a reader” (2043). Similarly, Hawthorne uses various symbols in “The Minister’s Veil,” and “The Birthmark” to enhance, and clarify his stories’ themes. Hawthorne’s tenacity on his symbols leaves a huge burden on them. His stories become overly dependent, so much so if a symbol is too obscure the story becomes a riddle. Consequently, the birthmark fails to establish the story’s theme, and thus the story trembles.
There are those who are innocent but have been declared