"Billy Budd" and "The Scarlet Letter"
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This paper discusses the theme of justice as observed in Herman Melville's book, "Billy Budd" and Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel, "The Scarlet Letter". The paper examines what can be learned from these two novels, explaining that justice for the sake of justice can often be cruel and unusual punishment. The paper explores the characters of the protagonists of the two novels, Billy and Hester. The paper contends that both the authors' aim is to make a social commentary on the price of justice in an imperfect world.
From the Paper:"Herman Melville's novel, Billy Budd, and Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel, The Scarlet Letter focus on justice by forcing us to consider the differences between the laws of society and the moral laws man imposes upon himself. Both stories illustrate that there is a definite distinction between social and moral laws. In addition, each author differentiates between an individual's character and his or her actions. Billy's act of murder is not so much the issue in Billy Budd as much as his innocence is. At the end of the story, we must ask if the punishment fir the crime in this case. In The Scarlet Letter, Hester is no doubt guilty of her so-called crime but we ask the same of her punishment as well. Their circumstances demonstrate how complicated the issue of justice can be in a society that must sometimes choose between the social right and the moral right."
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