Characterization And Language Features Concerning The Values Of Retributive Justice, Power, And Integrity

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Characterisation and language features concerning the values of retributive justice, power, and integrity are used by Saville in Felony (2014) to comment on the idea of telling truths and issues of self-reproach and social justice. Carl and Julie’s differing truths on guilt and punishment, as articulated through their depiction and verbal expression, are placed in opposition to the value of retributive justice by Saville. The characterisation of Ankhila as marginalised and her dialogue with Jim informs a cultural discourse on the value of power, which Saville uses to highlight the issue of social justice. Through having Malcolm confess the truth, Saville shows that remorse triumphs over fear in influencing the protagonist’s unforceful value of integrity. Saville couples the issues of self-condemnation and social justice with characterisation and language features to demonstrate that people in different situations hold to unique truths capable of informing their perception and adherence to values.
The value of retributive justice is represented by Saville in Carl’s language portraying his truth that guilt is enough of a penalty and Julie’s characterisation and protest depicting her truth that family is her first priority. When urging Malcolm to not confess his crime, Julie says ‘I might not seem like a good person, but I have to be a good mother.’ (Saville). By employing language features to contrast the terms person and mother, Saville shows the two as mutually exclusive.…

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