lady-justice

After losing his brother William in a cold blooded murder caused from his creation, Frankenstein soon finds himself in danger of losing yet another loved one when Justine becomes convicted of the aforementioned killing. Despite knowing her innocence, Justine confesses to the crime in hopes that she “might obtain absolution”(Shelly 83). Because of this, the judges “failed to move…from their settled conviction in the criminality of the saintly sufferer,” and Justine was executed. According to William Goodwin, Justine’s actions are a complete obtrusion of justice because they violate the plain duty of upholding “the great instrument of justice, reason” (Godwin 790).

Throughout his article “Enquiry Concerning Political Justice,” Godwin makes it clear that when it comes to justice, above all “we should sharpen our intellectual weapons; add to the stock of our knowledge; be pervaded with a sense of magnitude of our cause; and perpetually add to that calm presence of mind and self-possession”(790).  Justice should be primarily served with reason and truth. However, instead of communicating her sentiments with the utmost frankness as Godwin suggests, Justine gives into the illogical idea of salvation, due in no small part to her confessor who “threatened and menaced, until [she] almost began to think that [she] was the monster he said [she] was” (Godwin 790; Shelly 83). Seemingly everyone is against Justine and like her confessor, they continue to guilt and harass her without any logical proof or reason of their own until she becomes convinced that the only way out of the situation is to accept her lie as the truth. Unfortunately because of this, injustice was wrongfully served in the place of justice.

–Jose Ramirez