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Justice or Revenge

Cooper was a schmuck. No he was the schmuck of schmucks. I couldn't believe how he made light of Sawyer's pain and tore up his letter!! On the island, where no governing body exists (unless you count Smokey :-) ), was Cooper's death justice or was it revenge? An execution or a murder? Was it the ethically, morally, the right thing to do? There's no clear answer here so I hope many people have opinions each way, maybe both at the same time. That's how I feel.

Furthermore, why did Sawyer react so violently to something he'd been willing to do before? Why was Sawyer so reluctant to kill? Why did he fight it until Cooper egged him on? Why was he so angry with Locke even at the end? How do you think killing Cooper affected Sawyer? What would you have done in his shoes?


Blogger Amused2bHere said...

I consider what happened to Cooper an execution, not murder. So I don't think I would have had a problem carrying out the execution, since I agreed with the sentence. In Locke's shoes? I wouldn't have hesitated the first night Ben handed me the knife. In Sawyer's shoes? Harder choice, because of the anger.

Sure, I feel for Sawyer. He had to get very angry in order to throttle Cooper. And he had been putting away his anger, letting down his guard and letting people see his heart.

His anger, all those years, was his protection from feeling any other emotions. Hate and anger can keep you focused and revengeful, but it is exhausting. He was letting go of his anger, admitting love for Kate, learning to let people love him. And then Cooper shows up. His quest ended, his grail found. What to do?

Do I forgive? Do I carry out justice? Are these two mutually exclusive? Hmmm...maybe not. Is it possible to forgive the abuser and still seek prosecution? Yes, I think so. Forgiveness is for MY sake, not his.

Touchy subject, maybe that is why there were no comments for such a long time. I don't have the answers, and I can't say what I would do until I'm in that situation, but here's my guess as to what I'd do.

Anybody else?

5/12/2007 9:00 PM  
Blogger Twinkle said...

Thanks. I think my thoughts are very close to yours. Cooper's death seemed more like an appropriate execution. It's really difficult when there is no government to appeal to. Personally, I don't think I could kill someone, even if it meant not receiving justice. I'm not saying I'm a weeny and couldn't do it, although I am that :-), but I'm not sure it'd ever feel right to take a life. Maybe there'd always be another way?

Someone on the other blog thought that because Cooper didn't read his letter, Sawyer's quest never ended and now he's in the frustrating place of never being able to complete it. Is his quest ended or frustrated? If it's ended maybe he'll experience release and increased growth. If it's frustrated, this could send him in a worse direction. I know what I hope but I'm "worried" for him. Will he continue to let go or will he clam up now? What feel did you get from last week's episode?

5/13/2007 3:00 PM  
Blogger Amused2bHere said...

He may be distracted from the full repercussions because he won't be able to really process what just happened. As soon as Sawyer got back to the beach there was another crisis to deal with. He's caught up in the current situation and doesn't have time to focus.

But when he does finally process it all, I wonder if Sawyer will still go by that name? Or will he start asking everyone to call him James?

Eventually he will have to decide if he still wants/needs that moniker.

5/15/2007 10:55 PM  
Blogger Twinkle said...

I wonder if the changes in Sawyer are what bring about an intriguing spoiler from the end of the season. *sigh* Guess I'll talk to you about it later! :-)

5/16/2007 12:27 PM  
Blogger capcom said...

As far as I'm concerned, dying was too good for Cooper. With dying he gets away too easily (until he gets to the real Hell), and does not have to deal with the impact of the new knowledge that he has just received via Sawyer in the long term....i.e., coming face to face with his past coming to catch him, probably for the first time. Sure, he acted all tough in Sawyer's face, but I think that in real life you could wear that facade down with some fear-factor pressure. And sure, Locke kept haunting him, and he was easy enough to dismiss. But perhaps the Ford family come-uppance might not have been so easily brushed off on the island, who knows.

Anyway, since I can't find the feelings to justify killing someone like that (and it still creeps me out to no end that Locke just sat there and forced/let someone kill another person while he listened!) I can't condone killing him. A fitting punishment would be to have just released him into the jungle to survive on his own, which we all know would not have lasted very long with Smokey as the strong arm of the law in Jungletown. That would have made for some sweet TV time seeing Smokey track him down and make him watch all the memories of his horrible life reflected in Smokey's home-movie projector! :o)

6/07/2007 9:05 AM  

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