How Writing Mediums Portray the Question of Justice
Justice is one of the most critical virtues in society. It is, therefore, regarded as an essential part of a stable society. Justice is based on the moral standards and norms that have been created by the society. Thus, different people have distinct criteria for categorizing a deed as either just or unjust. A vast majority of artists have taken it upon themselves to create films, poems, and other artistic works to elucidate events that are just and those that are notto emphasize the difference between fairness and unfairness. Such works includea film called Sense and Sensibilityand a book titled Ballet as Ideology: Giselle, Act II.
Book:Ballet as Ideology: Giselle, Act II
Written by Evan Alderson, this book aims at interpreting how the term ‘ballet’ has been used as a metaphor with different social ideologies. According to the author, ballet is the artistic form of beauty. Alderson discusses his experience during one of his ballet performances when he was ‘seized by the beauty’. Alderson is further intrigued by the dancing technique of ballet which he describes as the dancing style which evoked his emotional reaction. He describes his appreciation to ballet dancing as one which influences viewers to be sexually charged yet pristine. This ideology relates ballet with Alderson’s social experience on gender (Alderson 291). Analyzing the idea represented by ballet, Alderson concludes that this form of dancing reflects the society’s confluence of aesthetic qualities with social values (Alderson 292). Therefore, although ballet represents an ideology of beauty, purity, and virtuosity, this form of dancing represents contradicting deeper thoughts of social disorder. For instance, ballet represents ideas of gender inequality, slavery, and erotic behavior within the society. This was described in this book as women who were bought as slaves had no say in the society. Slaved women were possessed by their buyers who would force them to perform ballet dancing while being erotic so as to please the already sexually charged viewers (Alderson 294). In essence, ballet ideologies do not entirely represent beauty; instead,it reflects a deeper problem that is threatening the social order of the society.
Sense and Sensibility Movie
Sense and Sensibility is a renowned miniseries whose theme is based on Jane Austen’s story titled Pride and Prejudice. The movie describes the current state of social decay where money is viewed as the sole source of evil. Social injustice has been portrayed artistically through John’s wife, Fanny. Fanny influences his husband not to show empathy to his hapless stepsisters and stepmother who were left with nothing to inherit after John’s father passed away. Even though John’s father had left all his properties for his son to inherit, John failed to fulfill his promise of taking care of the other family. Eventually, John and his wife’s greed cause them to send away his father’s other family while in full acknowledgment of their desperate state. Consequently, Fanny invites his brother Edward to stay with them. However, she also interferes with Edward’s relationship with Elenor who is from a low-income family. Fanny demands Edward to marry someone who is from a wealthy established family failure to which he would be disinherited from the family. This movie reflects today’s society where people tend to accept immoral behaviors that do not promote justice. Different artists through their artistic works such as poems, films, and published tend to display the unjust events occurring in the society in a bid to influence the audience to stand for change that would result in a fair and just society.
The Chimney Sweeper: When my mother died, I was very young by Wiliam Blake
This poem talks of a child who is sold into slavery by his father after her mother’s death. The poem describes how children are subjected to labour and harsh living conditions. The poet talks of a child who would sweep chimneys and sleep in soot. The poet also talks of a young boy named Tom Dacre who was forcefully shaved without his approval. Tom however accepts the condition that he was subjected under after he had a dream of his liberation from slavery. Tom later on lives in joy amid the harsh living conditions. This poem describes the unjust situation that the children are subjected to in the society. The poem serves to enlighten the society on the need to protect the children’s rights.
Alderson, Evan. “Ballet as Ideology: Giselle, Act II.” Dance Chronicle 10.3 (1986): 290-304.