Injustice In The Life Of Jennifer

Superior Essays
This book highlights on the several themes including injustice, forgiveness and penitence. It involves a young woman whose life comprised of traumas from a terrible crime and a young man whose life was destroyed by the false accusations and conviction. This story was brought upon Jennifer’s life which took a turn of events one particular morning upon waking up to a stranger who raped her with a knife held at her throat. The assumed perpetrator, Cotton, after serving eleven years in prison was finally released after a DNA test confirmed that he was not the one who raped Jennifer. By his time Jennier, after endless torments by the attacker’s images, had finally settled and was married. Miraculously, Cotton decided to forgive Jennifer even after …show more content…
This is the issue of injustice which, was portrayed by various instances in the book. One of them is where the police threw the accused in jail though Cotton maintained his innocence. This occurred as Cotton went down to the police station to clear his name of the rape allegations made towards him as well as settling his warrant of arrest issue. The police recalling a previous conviction relation to a raped white woman, bombarded Cotton and added a high bond upon jailing him. Another injustice incidence is when Cotton, who had gone to appeal of his innocence after meeting up with the real Jennifer’s rapist in jail, was accused of raping another woman, Mary. Mary pointed out Cotton as the man who had defiled her which saw the judge throw away ad never having the chance to listen to the evidence that concerned Poole, Jennifer’s real rapist. Cotton was then sentenced for longer terms where he received several prison transfers. I feel that these incidences of injustice highlight the serious problems being experienced in our judicial systems as well as some of the public offices (Thompson-Cannino, 2009). The police in this case did not seem to have done enough investigation s before they took in Cotton, arresting him on the count that he had raped Jennifer. They relied on their previous convictions related to the raping of a certain white woman and took Jennifer’s word for it since to make matters worse Cotton was black. The …show more content…
From all the bad things that happened to Cotton, he above all people would be expected bear hatred and anger towards Jennifer and not forgive her shortly after being released from prison. If I were in Cotton’s shoes, I am certain that I would not have the heart of wanting to talk things through with her leave alone forgiving her. I would have sued her in any way possible and make sure that she would rot in jail for making me loose ten years of my life. In relation to forgiveness, I was not surprised however by how Jennifer was unable to forgive herself because of what she made Cotton go through. It is indeed the human nature to not forgive oneself for causing harm to another. I would not forgive myself especially, since this was not a simple case but a case that brought years of pain to an innocent individual. This can be related to our societal beliefs that one has to do something so as to be forgiven in return. My perspective was however by the lessons from the book indicating that forgiveness is usually received and offered freely. From this text, I notice that Jennifer is consumed with vengeance rather than justice as her actions seemed to be controlled by the desire of punishing Cotton for his crimes. During the trials, hatred was seen to have consumed Jennifer which I believe were partially motivated by seeking justice. From

Related Documents

  • Superior Essays

    Picking Cotton Summary

    • 1743 Words
    • 7 Pages

    While reading Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice & Redemption I was faced to realize not everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Ronald Cotton is an African American male who was labeled guilty the moment an officer saw him. He was denied many chances to prove his innocence in the criminal justice system. He spent eleven years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Jennifer Thompson is a white woman who was raped and she wanted justice served.…

    • 1743 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Lie and die. In today’s world a reputation can either support who you are in life or impair your chances in society. In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible several girls make false accusations concerning a mass of people. Due to those false claims many accused were sentenced to death. In the Scottsboro trials nine young black men were prosecuted for allegedly raping two white women when in fact those boys never touched the women.…

    • 909 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    The book consists of racial prejudice throughout the trial of Tom Robinson, an innocent man being falsely persecuted for the rape of a white woman, Mayella Ewell. The racially prejudice nature of Maycomb is portrayed clearly through events and language in the novel. Atticus is accused by the town for being a “nigger lover” for supporting Tom’s case. He is also confronted by the lynch mob outside the jail because they had the intention to kill Tom Robinson as a fast way to skip the trial. As Mayella had a bruised right eye she alleged Tom of punching her even though he is right handed, and his left arm is at a condition where it can’t be used.…

    • 1197 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Prejudice In TKM

    • 1381 Words
    • 6 Pages

    There is no specific quote that can really sum up the experience. The whole things was all because of the prejudice that Blacks are just bad people. Tom Robinson, the man who was convicted, was a black man and was treated unfairly in his trial. He was convicted on the charge of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell. The truth was that she forced herself upon him and got caught by her father.…

    • 1381 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Also, the same man that raped Shola, flogged her for trying to escape. All of this psychological distress would wear anyone down. When a human being’s basic human rights are being infringed upon, a person’s violent reaction to the situation can be justified. Shola, after all of the misery she had gone through and felt, finally killed the head master. If she had never time traveled, she would have most likely never killed anyone in her lifespan.…

    • 1017 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    We swear an oath to tell the truth, but how can you if you are not certain? Thompson sent Cotton to jail for eleven years because she believed he raped her, but Pool, who looks like Cotton, was the actual person who raped Cotton. Eyewitness testimony played an important role in that case, as well as other cases. The majority of those cases were reversed, and the people were found to be innocent. Eyewitness testimony is part of the legal system that should not be very influential to the jury.…

    • 1096 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    As Atticus states in his closing argument, Mayella, a white woman, broke a social code (fraternization with a black man) and instead of owning up to her feelings and actions, she falsely accused Tom of committing a crime. The real predator whom Mayella should have accused was her father, Bob Ewell. He abused her and her family, and posed a real threat as a harasser in Maycomb. This is evident when Bob harasses Helen Robinson, Tom Robinson’s wife, on her way to work. But Mayella could not stand up to her abusive father or to the town.…

    • 1250 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Great Essays

    Nonetheless, Terrill and his three friends were convicted of rape and murder on a false confession. Feeling intimidated by police authority and the prosecuting team, they pled guilty in order to serve a lesser sentence. Fourteen years later, three different Innocent Project groups took on the case and discovered that their DNA was never fully put into the system, proving that the semen of the men did not match that of the crime scene. Officials discovered the real culprit; however, he was already dead by that time. The police discovered that “the offender was Johnny Douglas, by then deceased, who was one of the first people that police interviewed about the Glover murder in 1994” (Center on Wrongful Convictions).…

    • 2120 Words
    • 9 Pages
    Great Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Georgia the Supreme Court rules 7-2 that the crime of rape is unconstitutional. The people in this court case was Coker who had escaped prison where he was serving for multiple different sentences of murder, rape, kidnapping and for aggravated assault. Coker was also committed more crimes of rape, kidnapping and armed robbery which the state of Georgia sentenced him to death and he appealed. In this case there were multiple victims because had done multiple crimes, but there was one couple, Allen and Elnita Carver where Coker entered their home threatened the couple and then tied up Mr. Carver in the bathroom.…

    • 2358 Words
    • 9 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    The facts she gave ended up being all false and she admitted to it on stand after being questioned during a retrial. It was thought Judy gave a false witness statement because she was intimately interested in Michael and he did not reciprocate the feelings. Based off a false statement, two men were almost had their entire life taken away from them and were going to have to rote in jail forever. The article “A Shot to the Heart” explains a case similar to this case, in the sense that a person was wrongfully convicted off the statement of another person. The men in Lisa’s rape and murder case were convicted because a witness claimed to have saw those two men with her at the time of the rape, when in reality they were not.…

    • 993 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays