Justice can be defined as the action of fair behaviour or treatment. Both characters face a sum of hurdles caused by the effects of deception leading to their future actions that seem to serve as a form of justice for themselves. As Othello becomes increasingly persuaded that Desdemona is unfaithful to him, he becomes consumed by the idea of seeking self-administered justice. This is prominent when Othello comments, “Good, good—the justice of it pleases!” (Shakespeare 4.1.230-231). Christine is also seen throughout the novel wanting justice for the misfortunate her boss Mina causes and the not guilty verdict in the trial further fuels her desire as she takes the problems into her own hands.
This is prevalent when Christine confronts Mina, “I was going to hang myself…For people to make the connection-between him and me, and you. I was angry that you weren’t there to see it. And that’s what made me leave the forest and go home. My rage at your absence. It’s what kept me going ever since.” (Knight 279). Othello believes he should punish his wife for her infidelity and feels entitled to do so. When Iago suggests to him to kill Desdemona by strangling her, Othello is pleased with the idea, believing it would serve justice for all his misfortune. Similarly, Christine Butcher believes that Mina should pay for her betrayal, as she attempts to commit suicide she stops when realizing that Mina’s absence only further proves her need for justice. Moreover, as both characters are manipulated, Christine and Othello prove the extent they will go to seek justice.
Othello is willing to kill his own wife in the name of justice as he has been made to believe she has been unfaithful. This is clear when he addresses Desdemona, “O perjured woman, thou dost stone my heart, And mak’st me call what I intend to do A murder, which I thought a sacrifice.” (Shakespeare 5.2.76-80). Whereas Christine is willing to put her life on the line to ensure that Mina Appleton is held responsible for her mistakes. This is clear when she says, “ She may not go on trial for murder, But Mr. Ed Brooks will make sure that justice is done. (Knight 288). Othello’s words mark his commitment to justice and believes Desdemona’s execution is necessary and rather a sacrifice. Similarly, Christine sacrifices herself to frame her murder on Mina and ensures that in case of no murder trial, information about her boss’ true intentions will be revealed by a reporter. Essentially, the characters seek justice as a means to get away from the victimizers trickery and fraud.