Structural Inequality In The Lesson By Toni Cade Bambara

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Throughout human history, Justice shows that it is a concept of involving people getting what they have of issues. Also, justice in the interests of safety and efficiency is an action in accordance with the requirements of some laws. In its narrow sense, justice is fairness. It is action that pays due regard to the proper interests, property, and safety of one's fellows. Some people maintain that justice stems from God's will or command while others believe that justice is inherent in nature itself. Whereas still others believe that justice consists of rules common to humanity that emerge out of some sort of consensus. This sort of justice is often thought of as something higher than a society's legal system. It is in those cases where…show more content…
Structural inequality is defined as a condition where one category of people are attributed an unequal status in relation to other categories of people. This relationship is perpetuated and reinforced by a confluence of unequal relations in roles, functions, decisions, rights, and opportunities. In the story "The Lesson," by Toni Cade Bambara represents the social inequality faced by the children. When Miss. Moore wanted to help the children realize that there is a world outside of Harlem that they can aspire to. She shows the children a great deal about what the outside world is like and how anyone can have that piece of the pie (Bambara 1143). Sugar says "You know, Miss Moore, I don't think all of us here put together eat in a year what that sailboat costs." Sylvia, the narrator, is also upset by the inequality. She is jealous of the life that she cannot have and angry that Miss. Moore would expose her to these facts. Even though the children could never afford the toys, Ms. Moore brings them to the store to show them they have just as much right to be there and just as much right to live the rich life as anyone else (Bambara 1147). Furthermore, in the story “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” by Flannery O’Connor we can notice the second instance of the display of inequality. When Red Sam explains how the gas station represents a gothic church, dark and mysterious. Also, he may stand for…show more content…
Unjust punishment is the authoritative imposition of an undesirable or unpleasant outcome upon a group or individual, in response to a particular action or behavior that is deemed unacceptable or threatening to some norm. The unpleasant imposition may include a fine, penalty, or confinement, or be the removal or denial of something pleasant or desirable. The individual may be a person, or even an animal. The authority may be either a group or a single person, and punishment may be carried out formally under a system of law or informally in other kinds of social settings such as within a family. In the poem “Punishment,” the speaker addresses this poem by comparing the brutal punishment that he rejects with such abhorrence to the crimes of the IRA against British sympathizers in Ulster. He relates the powerful, difficult emotions of injustice with the sense of brutality created by the conflict of The Troubles (Heaney 1153). In the story “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” by Flannery O’Connor we can represent the second particular about unjust punishment. Whether or not the Misfit seeks justice is questionable. He kills because he figures that he was unjustly punished, so he may as well be mean since he has already served time in prison for the crimes. Things are in this disorder because of Jesus. He explains that Jesus threw everything off balance when He died and was raised from the dead (O’Connor
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