English  Literacy Module 3 (Just Mercy)

In this round 3 of the academic year, we learned about justice in our English literacy class with the essential questions: 

  • Who is responsible for improving society?
  • If there are multiple sides to every story, how do I know what is true? 

We have to read a book called “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson in order to discuss these essential questions. For our skills on this project, we aim to focus on rhetorical analysis (triangle & situation). This rhetorical analysis has 3 techniques which are:  

  • Patho, techniques appeal to emotion
  • Logos, techniques appeal to logic
  • Etho, techniques to build credibility

Just Mercy is a book that is based on real events which talked about how Bryan Stevenson helped to bring justice to the poor, the wrongly condemned, women and children. In this book, it was mainly focused on how he helped Walter McMillian. Walter McMillian was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of a young white woman in Monroeville, Alabama. But he was wrongly convicted so Bryan and his team tried their best to help find justice for him. 

After learning about this, I started to make more awareness toward this topic. Some people are truly wrongly convicted and it is really unfair for them. They deserve justice too. At the end of this topic, we also got to do a debate on “The Death Penalty is applied unfairly and should not be used”. It helped us to gather information and learned about the death penalty. To be honest, I am still in the middle of this topic whether it should be eliminated or not. But if that person kills another person, he or she must pay back their life to be executed. But before executed, we must have to prove that person is the right one and had committed murder to another person. That way, I might agree more with that. 

From the movie (Just Mercy)
From the book (Just Mercy)
Bryan Stevenson

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