Essay #2:  Justice (definition essay)


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.


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


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.”

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