A good play demonstrates how the composer explores important issues Robert Scalpel’s Australian screenplay Scales of Justice ‘The Job’ explores many issues, including corruption within the workplace, racism and the avoidance of crime throughout the text. He deals with these themes and issues through the eyes of a naive new Probationary Constable, Len Webber, as he battles with his conscience against right and wrong. In scales of Justice ‘The Job’, Constable Len Webber is new to the police Force. Sergeant Recourse and Constable Borderland take him under their wing, teaching bad baits and encouraging unlawful behavior.
At the start of the screenplay the cadets repeat the Oath of Allegiance, one of which is Webber. This oath is broken many times which is demonstrated when Caldwell portrays the continuous act of corruption within the workforce while Recourse and Borderland teach Webber the tips and tricks of how to make life easier as a police officer. They teach him how to get discounts by using his suit, an example of this is when Borderland says When you buy the car, wear your discount suit, your b***** uniform’. Corruption is also shows when Borderland accuses a man of bribery whilst Webber wasn’t in hearing distance of the conversation.
Borderland instructs Webber to lie under oath in court about witnessing the bribery, and he does, with Borderland saying this gentleman offered me a fifty dollar bribe, and you’re a witness’. In the Police Force sexism is a huge issue. Caldwell shows this through the relationship between Sergeant Recourse and Constable Callahan. Towards the beginning of the screenplay Callahan seems to be annoyed, Recourse decides to wind her up even further and makes a sexist comment saying What’s the matter, Constable? Get out of the wrong side of someone’s bed?
This is a very offensive remark. Another example of sexism is when a woman can’t afford to pay a ticket. Borderland takes advantage of this and he gets her to repay him in sexual favors. An extract from this is when Borderland says ‘Maybe there’s another way you and I can work this out’. This is evident of poor police morals and values especially in certain areas such as sexual misconduct, which is against the Oath of Allegiance. Many times it is shown that officers avoid crime because of the work involved. While
Webber and Borderland were on duty, they saw a moving car cross the road in front of them and scrape a pole, their response to this was when Borderland orders Webber to ‘Do a bloody U-turn. Let’s get the h*** out of here’. They avoided the incident so they didn’t have to do paperwork. There is also another occurrence when Borderland tells Webber he found a corpse in a river. He then dumped it back into the river because it would have been too much of a hassle dealing with it and instead makes the water police handle the situation. As a result of this Borderland in an attempt to avoid crime ND paperwork informs Webber that We shoved it back in the water’. Scales of justice By Lethargically his conscience comes into play when he is forced to chip in money as another police officer took it from the safe. Webber considers this as unfair to him and the other officers but Recourse informs him that in this station You don’t drop your mates in the s***’. This important issue that Caldwell explores in the text highlights how lazy the NSA Police force is and how they will take shortcuts anytime they are able to. Throughout the screenplay Caldwell explores prevalent issues within the NSA Police Force.
From corrupt police officers to sexism, racism and the avoidance of crime, it then lends to question if the Police force are as respectable and honest as we once thought of them to be, then who will we as a society rely on to protect us from criminality? In Introduction- Key Points: Name of play and what he explores in text- (Corruption, racism, avoidance of crime Restate question in your own words Brief comment- Sees through eyes of naive Len Webber Words I need to remember; Bad habits Unlawful Portrays Morals and values Sexual misconduct Prevalent issues Naive Criminality
Paragraph 1: Corruption- Key Points Oath of allegiance Discount suits Bribery Lying in court under oath Paragraph 2: Sexism- Key Points Relationship between Callahan and Recourse Woman gives Borderland sexual favors Paragraph 3: Avoidance of Crime: Key Points Car crosses road and scraped pole W and B do U-turn to avoid incident Borderland shares body in river story wrong- Key Points Forced to chip in money Recourse- Stand by your mates Lazy and takes shortcuts whenever Conclusion: Key Points- Caldwell explores prevalent issues Summaries Rhetorical question about honesty of police