In real life, sometimes people get away with evil or immoral deeds, and sometimes innocent people suffer through no fault of their own. In literary works, good generally wins over evil, and people get what they deserve in the end—often in an ironic way. This concept is called poetic justice.
The original meaning contained a strong moral element, where justice might be doled out by God rather than through human actions. In modern times, the morality aspect is not the main focus in literature, but there is a balance that must be restored at the end of the story.
- The rewarding of virtue, and the punishment of vice, especially in an ironic manner
What books can you think of where poetic justice prevailed in the end? Are there instances from real life you can think of where poetic justice occurred?