Analysis Of Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy

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Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption is a story of innocents sentenced to death row (2015). As an attorney at law, he sheds light on the fraudulent Criminal Justice System with the corruption of cops and prison guards, bribed witnesses, and paid off judges. Written in first person, Stevenson’s (2015) account depicts 50 years of debasement of the Criminal Justice System. Telling the accounts of corruption in first person and using dialogue that included the actual victims conversations allowed his readers to be invested in the story. His vocabulary and the stories used, made the reader realize that corruption takes place in the United States Criminal Justice System both in history and continues through today.…show more content…
On page 80, the exchange between Stevenson and his client, Herbert, is written out in dialogue format. Herbert’s emotions shine through and the reader can feel his distress. As the reader continues to read the dialogue between the two individuals, the reader can experience Stevenson’s remorse for not being able to do enough for Herbert. This dialogue allowed Herbert to come to life. Herbert is a real person not a fictional character. Because Stevenson (2015) utilized dialogue in this way as a literary device, his clients’ stories causes the reader to have compassion for them and their story.
Vocabulary and Language
Continuing through Just Mercy, Stevenson’s (2015) use of descriptive language and vocabulary helps to understand the issues of racial injustice.
The fourth institution is mass incarceration. Going into any prison is deeply confusing if you know anything about the racial demographics of America. The extreme overrepresentation of people of color, the disproportionate sentencing of racial minorities, the targeted prosecution of drug crimes in poor communities, the criminalization of new immigrants and undocumented people, the collateral consequences of voter disenfranchisement, and the barriers to re-entry can only be fully understood through the lens of our racial history. (301)

Stories In chapter 8, Stevenson (2015) tells the stories of three other clients providing details that enhance their reality to the reader. Stevenson (2015)
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