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Do you feel that justice was served to all parties in the end?

Created: 06/17/18

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davinamw

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Do you feel that justice was served to all parties in the end?

There are many sins and outright crimes, good deeds and bad, committed over the course of this trilogy. Do you feel that justice was served to all parties in the end?


Posted Jun. 24, 2018 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
barbf

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RE: Do you feel that justice was served to all parties in the end?

No, I think snake and his whole gang of thugs got off way to light.


Posted Jun. 24, 2018 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
labbelee

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RE: Do you feel that justice was served to all parties in the end?

Justice can be interpreted in so many ways. If you mean did all the bad guys get punished, no. If did all the good guys get the rewards that they were due, again no. But isn’t that a good reflection of life?


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RE: Do you feel that justice was served to all parties in the end?

No, of course not. How can justice be served when lives are lost and violence inflicted due to racial discrimination and hatred.


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alwaysdaddygirl

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RE: Do you feel that justice was served to all parties in the end?

Yes, justice was served. While these quotes were not mentioned in the book, this is why I feel justice was served.

”Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King Jr

”Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.” Martin Luther King Jr


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susiej

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RE: Do you feel that justice was served to all parties in the end?

I agree with labelee above. Justice can be interpreted in many different ways. There is so much going on in these books, so many connections and suggestions being made with regard to good and evil. The history referenced in the trilogy alone - including the Second World War and the assassination of JFK - racial discrimination, mental and physical abuse, lying, using position to take advantage - there are so many different kinds of erroneous behaviors hinted at or discussed in this novel, that arriving at justice for each of them is simply not possible. Not only did those proven to be evil not always receive what many may feel is justifiable punishment, but many who may be determined to be good did not always receive what may have been owed them - and then, too, some did. As beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I suppose good and evil may also be in some situations.


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janeervin

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RE: Do you feel that justice was served to all parties in the end?

No. Snake is still alive and Tom is in jail. Some justice was served throughout the 3 books, bit in the end, it didn’t even out.


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barbf

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RE: Do you feel that justice was served to all parties in the end?

It is possible that this will be the issue in his forthcoming book - maybe he intentionally left this issue of justice open!


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patriciag

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RE: Do you feel that justice was served to all parties in the end?

It seems that justice should be such a clear concept, but we all know that in real life justice is smoky gray. I think Iles weaves this wavering, illusive concept throughout the trilogy. All of the characters are morally flawed, and the justice they experience is flawed, too. Sometimes the bad guys win; sometimes the good guys don’t get what they deserve. Of course, I use “guys” idiomatically.


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carolt

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RE: Do you feel that justice was served to all parties in the end?

I agree with patriciag. Justice is illusive. What Iles does well is describe just how illusive.


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susiej

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RE: Do you feel that justice was served to all parties in the end?

patriciag - what clear insight you have and share here! You say it perfectly!


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MarieA

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RE: Do you feel that justice was served to all parties in the end?

Do I think that everyone got what he/she deserved in the trilogy? No, but then that's reality--justice is not always blind when she metes out punishments or rewards.


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annettes

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RE: Do you feel that justice was served to all parties in the end?

No, since Snake is set free and Tom is in prison, perhaps in the fourth book(is there is one) justice will be evened out.


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alycet

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RE: Do you feel that justice was served to all parties in the end?

Not really. It was probably closer to reality than our "everyone lived happily ever after" books.


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dianaps

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RE: Do you feel that justice was served to all parties in the end?

Oh barbf, I hope you are right! Justice is always an epic discussion. I agree with patriciag's concepts, susie's interpretations and bless you alwaysdaddygirl for the MLK quotes. I always want justice for people who are wronged but life does not always go the way I want it to. This book trilogy is important in so many ways because it is so very real and believable and thought provoking.


Posted Jul. 13, 2018 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
christinep

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RE: Do you feel that justice was served to all parties in the end?

I agree completely with dianaps with which postings were insightful and that this trilogy is important. Its definitely been thought provoking. I'm still trying to digest all that has been in the novels.


Posted Jul. 14, 2018 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
BuffaloGirl

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RE: Do you feel that justice was served to all parties in the end?

No. Certainly not in the case of Tom and his wife, but what would be justice? Tom hid his affair from Peggy not only because of the racial aspects, but because in society’s viewpoint it was wrong; he tried to cover up Peggy’s role in his former lover’s death; because of his actions many people were killed or maimed for life, etc. I think our idea of justice is often overshadowed by our belief in someone’s basic goodness or badness.

Snake and his henchmen certainly didn’t receive any semblance of justice, but that is often the result of evil. For me, his presence pointed out that true evil exists in our every day world and we have to be vigilant in recognizing it and combatting it.


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Tired Bookreader

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RE: Do you feel that justice was served to all parties in the end?

Of course not...what kind of question is this. Justice for no one would have been a good title.


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