Justice - Justice

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Justice Although there are plenty of "rules," the laws of Wonderland seem a parody of real justice. The  Queen of Hearts, for example, thinks nothing of violating the law which protects people from illegal  prosecution; she seeks the head of the Knave of Hearts for having been only  accused  of stealing the  tarts. Thus, the Queen violates the spirit of the law against stealing to satisfy the logical necessity  that  every  trial must have an execution. The spirit of the law is, so to speak, sacrificed to satisfy the  reversibility of the symbolic letter of her logic. In the croquet game, anyone can be executed for  reasons known  only  to the sovereign Queen, who acts as though she is a divinity with the power to  take or give life. Under a monarchy, the monarchs are above the law. In Wonderland, however, the  monarch's will is flaunted when the command is to execute someone. Ignoring the Queen's  command to behead someone is a matter of survival as well as justice. The trial of the Knave of Hearts satirizes both too much law and law by personal edict. Someone 
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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Justice - Justice

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