Jeremiah's Use Of Social Justice In Literature

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“Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed, and do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place” Jeremiah 22:3. Clearly, in this Bible verse God speaks to Jeremiah telling him to treat his fellow men fairly, and to help those who have been hurt by others, those who are foreigners, orphans, and widows, and that no one should kill an innocent person. Ultimately, the prophet Jeremiah is instructing us to follow what God says and be fair and just to others. One might think about this quote when facing a problem in which someone or something is being discriminated against. As an example, the United States…show more content…
For these reasons, Jeremiah’s words are an excellent example of the term social justice. According to our class, social justice is defined as when people treat others in a way that is fair, just, honest, moral, truthful, and impartial. Life and literature are similar. In literature authors create characters and situations to imitate real life people and situations. For a long time, people have been looking at literature as a guide or a mirror into their lives. Moreover, people use literature as a way to reflect on their experiences and think of what they could have done differently or what they can do differently in a situation if it were to happen to them. In this respect, authors write realistic experiences in literature so readers can relate to the characters and situations that happen in the story. Whether it is a romance, drama, or a mystery novel, one can read any form of literature and find an experience to learn from or think about. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee the theme of social justice appears in the characters Atticus Finch and…show more content…
People behave the way they do and sometimes authors pattern characters after people they may have met in their lives to serve as reflections for our actions. Hopefully, These socially just characters help the reader gain a new perspective on how racism was in the past. In a class conversation, various individuals mentioned that social justice makes them feel respected, equal, secure and better about themselves. When going through tough times, a person might turn to the Bible when in need of some sort of guidance. Jeremiah 22:3 is a great guide to follow in order to be a socially just person, and as this proverb shows, people face many different experiences in their life and do not deserve to be persecuted by others who believe they are better than them. Though not everyone believes it to be true, everyone is equal in God’s eyes, and we should treat each other fairly and
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