Essay #2:  Justice (definition essay)

Introduction:

For this module of our class, our texts and discussions have covered a wide array of subjects from the socially constructed notion of gender to racial justice. Each of our texts takes a relatively unique position on the idea of “justice,” generally rooted in each author’s individual, subjective experience.

Your task as a writer is to explore the mechanism by which the idea of justice is constructed. Is “justice” a relative term, or is there a specific, objective way to define it?  Using our readings1 from the “Justice” module as evidence, respond to the following prompt.

Prompt:

What does “justice” mean? Do people really have fundamentally different views of justice? Is our definition of “justice” itself a purely human/social construct?

Additional requirements:

  • 4 page minimum length (does not include works cited page)
  • 12 pt. Times New Roman font
  • MLA style throughout, including a complete and correct works cited page
  • Heavy analysis (no summary)
  • Must cite both the King and Woolf texts as primary sources for this assignment.
  • Avoid simplistic “five paragraph” essays
  • Two stage checks:
    • Thesis statement 
    • Rough draft

Footnotes:

1 Martin Luther King, Jr’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and our selection from Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, “Shakespeare’s Sister.”

https://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html

http://l-adam-mekler.com/shakespeares-sister.pdf

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