Revenge Vs Justice

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In American society, something we’ve stressed on since the creation of the country is justice. Justice and fairness to all men. Even our constitution states that all men are created equal. But what if that justice our nation cares so deeply about isn’t justice at all? What if justice is just another name for vengeance? Is justice just a more civil way of getting revenge? They have their similarities, as both are used to punish those who have wronged us, either as a society or one person specifically. However, the key differences here are why they are being sought after. Revenge is personal, fueled by emotions, and used in retaliation for those who have wronged us. However justice, in the full sense of the word, is impersonal, used with rationality …show more content…
She wanted to get revenge on a woman named Rebecca Nurse, so she convicted her of witchcraft. She convicted her because Rebecca Nurse had been there to deliver all of her 9 children, however only 1 survived. With this evidence, she decided Nurse was a witch who used her spirit to kill her children, especially since Nurse had plenty of children herself. “(Ann) Putnam: That is a notorious sign of witchcraft afoot, Goody Nurse, a prodigious sign!” (25) With that being said, Ann is successful with her plot. Rebecca, along with John Proctor, is hanged. ”Rebecca: Let you fear nothing! Another judgment awaits us all!” (144) Neither of them would confess the crime they supposedly committed, and they paid for it with their lives. Rebecca gets her revenge fully, as it was her intent to see Nurse killed. Rebecca getting her revenge is another way the court was corrupted through vengeance, and envy. “Francis: Aye, Cheever come and take her in his wagon. We 've only now come from the jail, and they 'll not even let us in to see them. Elizabeth: They 've surely gone wild now, Mr. Hale!” (72) This situation was not uncommon during this time of hysteria sadly. For this was a time where rivals had an opportunity to finally get to settle things, through lying and deceit, with fingers being pointed in every direction. Those unfortunate enough to have not been liked in the town either also paid with their lives, simply for not being popular in town, …show more content…
This time his actions not only ride upon revenge, but also greed, for he used his daughter Ruth, who went along with the other girls who pretended to see spirits, to accuse certain people to gain rights to their land after they died. ”Danforth: Mr. Putnam, I have here an accusation by Mr. Corey against you. He states that you coldly prompted your daughter to cry witchery upon George Jacobs that is now in jail” (96). He played a huge role in initiating the witch hunt, since every chance he got he would accuse someone. Its not surprising however, since he strongly believes in witchcraft as well, since the death of his seven children as well. “Putnam: Don 't you understand it, sir? There is a murdering witch among us” (16). So not only does he accuse many innocent people, he was also trying to gain the land of those who were hanged, such as a man named George Jacobs. “Giles: My proof is there! If Jacobs hangs for a witch he forfeit up his property - that 's law! And there is none but Putnam with the coin to buy so great a piece. This man is killing his neighbors for their land!” (96). He also joins in with his wife to accuse Rebecca Nurse, since he wants to get revenge for the death of his children as well. The worst part of all of this however, Thomas pretty much gets away from his crimes unscathed, along with everyone else who accused and lied. The true justice

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