Vengeance, the Jury, and Faith
Justice, it is what separates humans from animals. There are different ways to achieve justice which differ in severity. The vengeance system typically involves revenge in the form of murder, whereas the court system is composed of a judge and a jury which give validation to either party. The faith system relies on a higher power to provide confirmation of the wronged-party’s belief in God. These methods are all illustrated in Aeschylus’ Orestia Trilogy. Each system has their victories and faults but they all satisfy the need for justice in unique ways; however, the civil system is the most effective because it preserves the virtue for the wronged party while still providing validation. The vengeance system involves taking an eye for an eye, the process starts when a person wrongs another human being. The wronged-party then remedies the situation by committing a crime of equal or greater severity against the wrong-doer, the act of revenge usually being murder. What is most appealing about the vengeance system is the instant gratification it possesses; it is the fastest way to solve the problem. Knowing that the wronged party can actually do something to rectify the atrocity that has been committed against them, not relying on someone or something else, aware that it all comes from inside. Vengeance satisfies the need for justice because it brings honor. Vengeance is an act of bravery, not being afraid to right a wrong. By taking fate into one’s own hands and controlling brings tímé. This shows confidence in oneself, by not being afraid of the consequences that may follow vengeance also brings a sense of accomplishment and respect; people take you at your word. This system does have its faults, though. The anticipation can be hyped up and the most stimulating part of murder. The climax to murder can be over played and ultimately not live up to the wrong-doer’s expectations, making the act itself unsatisfying and leaving the...
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