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Justice is said to be the act of being just and fair. However, justice is defined less by words and more implicitly by the work and actions of those that strive for it, and the hardships they undergo to attain the aforementioned justice. History has shown to us that the path of true justice is paved by true sacrifice. In consequence, it is very true that achieving justice often comes at a price. Illustrated in real life tales from these three masterpieces ; ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini, ‘Rabbit-Proof Fence’ directed by Phillip Noyce and ‘Half the Sky’ by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the evidences and confirmations of justice achieved at a price is manifold. In the novel The Kite Runner, the concept of achieving justice at a price is further epitomized when faced with the instances of Amir trying to achieve justice for Sohrab; with him sacrificing his career, his family and his comfortable life in America. Fuelled by his own regret at his failure to acquire justice for Hassan, Amir seeks to achieve justice for Hassan’s son, Sohrab, by trying to get him away from the war-affected Afghanistan and to give him a good life. In doing so, he undergoes a terrible ordeal, venturing into the war-ravaged Kabul and facing his inner demons when confronted with Assef, his childhood bully, who appeared also to be the Taliban official responsible for taking away Sohrab from the orphanage. In the events that followed, Amir and Sohrab both suffered almost fatal injuries, but came out victorious, having achieved justice for Sohrab in managing to get him away from Afghanistan and back to America, even if that justice came at the price of the terrible ordeal faced by Amir and Sohrab. Thus it is clear from these illustrations that achieving justice often comes at a price. The movie Rabbit-Proof Fence is very similarly coloured with confirmations of the prices paid for achieving justice. Molly’s life-threatening journey home to Jigalong, faced with arid weather, limited...
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