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Social Justice


Social justice is defined as "... promoting a just society by challenging injustice and valuing diversity." It exists when "all people share a common humanity and therefore have a right to equitable treatment, support for their human rights, and a fair allocation of community resources." (Toowoomba Catholic Education, 2006).

 "The goal of social justice education is full and equal participation of all groups in a society that is mutually shaped to meet their needs. Social justice includes a vision of society that is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure." (Adams, Bell and Griffin, 1997)


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Social Justice Topics in Literature 

Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find"

Evans, Robert C. "Poe, O’Connor, and the Mystery of the Misfit." Flannery O’Connor Bulletin 25: 1-12. Rpt. in Short Story Criticism. Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Vol. 199. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2014. Short Story Criticism Online. Web. 17 Apr. 2016.

Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find” portrays the theme of “divine grace” reflected in the Misfit and the grandmother, the two major characters of the story.  The Misfit, a notorious criminal, can be interpreted in many ways by the readers even though the author might have had specific interpretation.  He can be considered as a person who tries to find the meaning of God and the meaning of righteousness.  The main contradiction in the story revolves around The Misfit as he is restored to a state of “divine grace” even though he was a scandalous criminal.  The essay by Robert. C. Evans consists of various interpretations of the character, The Misfit.  The interpretations given to the character, the Misfit, in the essay helps the readers to analyze the character in different aspects.  Thus, the readers will be able to think about the theme of the story beyond the figurative image they get from the story. - Submitted by: Kavitha Maria Davis

The Story of an Hour: Gender and Patriarchy

Chopin, Kate. “The Story of an Hour.” The Heath Anthology of American Literature. Ed. Paul Lauter et al. 3ed ed. Vol. 2. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998: 536-8. 2 vols.

In Kate Chopin 1800’s short story “The Story of an Hour” The author uses irony to convey the portrayal of a woman in a patriarchal society. The author create a photo of a complicated and complex development of Louise Mallard’s spiritual awareness provoke by the false news of her husband’s death. Louise Mallard is a feminist that searching for her feminine character and freedom. The author describe her feminine character in a symbolic and ironic displayed. By the death of Louise Mallard at the end of the story, the author mention that woman that is searching for ideal feminine character is not possible in a patriarchal society, but Louise Mallard’s search for character and feminine liberation. However, the story demonstrates the positive change that has taken control over the feminine world from the eighteenth century. - Submitted by: Daveline Mompoint

"“The Necklace”." Literature and Its Times: Profiles of 300 Notable Literary Works and the Historical Events that Influenced Them. Joyce Moss and George Wilson. Vol. 2: Civil Wars to Frontier Societies (1800-1880s). Detroit: Gale, 1997. 244-248. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.

Throughout the world, Women has always been mistreated and misunderstood, assume that they are lesser to their male counterpart. This article delved into the history of French feminism and the role of women during the 1700’s. It explains how movements during the era could affect literature work and explain how some women receive the justices they needed. It also touches on subject as how fashion help empowers women of the time period but at the same time can belittle them for many were poor hard working women that society deem as unattractive. - Submitted by: Calvin Do


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