Justice in Atonement and the Constant Gardener

1030 Words Aug 3rd, 2013 5 Pages
Justice is neither automatic nor inevitable; the attainment of justice typically entails the sacrifice and suffering of those attempting to achieve it. In essence justice is an ideal, which the majority of individuals universally attempt to realize or uphold, however due to the avarice or agendas, which serve the interests of minorities, this ideal is sometimes subverted. Those performing the miscarriage of justice can become unscrupulous in their methods of maintaining this standard of injustice in efforts of self-preservation. This often results in the suffering of those carrying out their quest for justice. This idea, and the concept that the miscarriage of justice can have long lasting and far reaching effects which can never be fully …show more content…
Through the non-linear the timeline in the film we can see from early on that there is something that is affecting the people of Kenya and, later we see that they are being swept under the rug by this powerful company. Through this non-linear plot line, in the very opening scene, with the unusual camera angle we very early on that there was malicious intent behind the car crash that caused the death of Tessa. Being the one that was attempting to expose the wrongdoings of the company, Tessa risked all in her quest for justice. This clearly defines the relationship between human suffering and the quest for justice.

The mass manipulation seen in the text Atonement is the war that Robbie is forced to be a part of. In essence war is legitimized injustice, where the principles governing a right-minded society are dispensed with, and humans are driven by instinct in their quest for self-preservation. War is possibly the most far-reaching, widespread form of injustice with the most devastating consequences, which is felt by the largest number of individuals, and nations. Often the cause of war is the notion that one nation has wronged another, and that this must be the way to achieve justice, for those perceived actions. This once again shows the fact that the suffering and sacrifice of humans goes hand in hand with the quest for justice.
Another common theme between the two texts that highlights the fact that human