As Imam Ali once said, “Forgiveness is the best revenge”. On the other hand, what if the crime at hand is far too past being excusable? While revenge is driven by a desire for retribution and justice, forgiveness is rooted in empathy, understanding, and willingness to let go of anger and resentment. However, in the spur of the moment, the level of hurt one feels influences their actions that follow next, either revenge or forgiveness. The majority of the time, their decision consists of the former. Especially in literature, forgiving the offender and not plotting revenge is not viable when the crime is too devastating and extreme for the one affected, as seen in the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, and the short stories “The Spirit of Franklin …show more content…
In this tragic play, Hamlet is initially seen resenting his uncle, but an unexpected event that occurred gave Hamlet an even more valid reason to loathe his uncle, Claudius. When his fathers spirit had appeared one night, Hamlet visited the place where he was last seen. Promptly after, he is told to “revenge [his father’s] foul and most unnatural murder” (1.5.31). Seeing as Hamlet thought very highly of his father, there is no doubt that he would obey him and take revenge against the person who took his father’s life, especially after hearing that it was a cold-blooded and greedy murder. Hamlet spends the majority of the play feigning madness with not one intention of letting Claudius get away with his sin, as seen in act 3 when Hamlet decides that he will murder his uncle when he is “drunk asleep, or in his rage” (3.3.94) to ensure that he goes to hell, and not heaven. Hamlet notes that only then will his revenge be complete. Needless to say, summing up all of Claudius’s wrongdoingstowards Hamlet, it is evident that there is no possible way he could have forgiven his …show more content…
The main protagonist, an old woman named Sadie Grimes, seeks to sell her dilapidated house for a costly price, when Waterbury, an interested buyer, comes along. With the house described poorly by Aaron Hacker, the house seller, it is unusual why Waterbury would be willing to spend so much money on it. While in the company of Waterbury, Mrs. Grimes tells us about her son, Michael, and how he had been involved in a crime after moving out of their house and to the city. He had come home after stealing money with a partner, in hopes of keeping it for himself. This compelled his partner to track Michael down, and after figuring out that Michael hid the money, he killed him. Mrs. Grimes never got wind of who the killer was, but she had a plan to find out. To prepare for a meeting with a potential house buyer, she had made lemonade for her guest. Immediately after Waterbury decided that he would buy the house, she went to fetch the drink. Shortly after, it is presented that the main reason why she had put her house up for sale wasn’t because she wanted to get rid of it, but because she knew that “someday, [her] son's killer would return to look for the money. Someday, he would want [her] house at any price. All [she] had to do was wait until [she] found the man willing to pay much too much for an old lady's house” (119). This man being spoken of is
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“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind” (Gandhi). Revenge, the act of inflicting hurt or harm on someone for an injury or wrong suffered at their hands, is relevant in both life and literature. In real life, it can often be seen when people are victims of abuse or unfair treatment, and they sometimes will try to get back at whoever hurt them through killing or injuring not only their abuser, but occasionally their loved ones as well. Similarly, in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Jenny Wingfield’s
“There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.” says war veteran John Billings. Revenge is the desire to repay an injury by inflicting harm and hatred is the deep, negative thought that may lead to it. Hurting or harming other humans in today’s society is not allowed. Revenge has the reputation of being barbaric, short-sighted and a pointless instinct. It is an aspect of our human makeup that we must resist.
When someone wrongs another person, the person wronged has three choices. They can either seek revenge, ignore the incident, or forgive. For some people seeking revenge can act as a form of justice, as one may feel the person who wronged them deserves some form of punishment for their actions. For others, the incident might not be worth the effort of seeking revenge or trying to forgive; instead, they choose to just forget or ignore they were wronged. The final option is to choose to forgive and release the feelings of hate and hurt one has against the person who wronged them.
“We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged” (Heinrich Heine). Revenge is considered the ultimate drive to one's own vices. It could be someone's victory and another's downfall. Furthermore, revenge always comes with a antecedent cause.
People shouldn’t focus on the negative aspects of revenge and focus on being more positive about forgiveness. But some people tend to act differently towards injustice. In the article, “Revenge is an escapable human urge. But no good ever come of it“ , it explains how there are different ways people act if they feel there is no justice. In the passage, the narrator says a quote written in the book, “Understanding How Good People Turn Evil”.
And so am I revenged. That would be scanned, a villain kills my father, and, for that, I, his sole son, do this same villain send to heaven” (line 74-79). Hamlet believes that Claudius is praying and doesn’t want to kill him, because he doesn’t want him to go to heaven. This inability is the tragic mistake that hamlets creates, to his soon to be
Revenge can be a horrible emotion; it can sometimes lead people to do horrible things. By definition, Revenge means to get retribution for a wrongdoing done to you. In my opinion, revenge is mostly caused by fear and the overwhelming feeling of payback Throughout history, revenge, or vengeance, has been altered by several cultures and religions, and even the American culture. Though it often leads one to perform criminal acts, Howard argues that it is a necessary component in the functioning of society. He points out that revenge is a threat that acts as a disincentive to undeserved violence.
Revenge is a powerful trigger that puts people into action. People in society have always felt the need to take revenge on someone who has harmed them, and that has been happening for many centuries since. Similarly, it is seen in William Shakespeare’s tragic play Hamlet, Henry Slesar, and David Patneaude’s short story “The Right
Revenge is a major part of life, even with minor things people like to get major revenge, and the same can be said for major things also. While revenge is a huge thing it can lead to bad results. Revenge is a major theme in William Shakespeare 's Hamlet, revenge is seen through Hamlet’s revenge for his father, Laertes’ revenge for his father, and Fortinbras’ revenge on Denmark for Norway. Hamlet’s revenge is the main part of the play, after his uncle killed his father and married Hamlet’s mom Hamlet wanted to get revenge. However due to Hamlet not being able to do it fast, his revenge tends to drag on leading to many other people getting affected by it, namely Polonius.
The choice to retaliate or forgive when wronged is a crucial decision everyone must make. Vengeance and virtue are deeply ingrained in the human condition, transcending all cultural and societal barriers. In literature, vengeance, and virtue are universal themes, as seen in Alexandre Dumas’ novel, The Count of Monte Cristo, and William Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest. However, when it comes to the fundamental aspects of the human condition, the value of virtue far outweighs the value of vengeance. Confucius' quote, “If it is vengeance you seek, start by digging two graves,” demonstrates the dangers of revenge.
( Kaveny, 1). Adversaries see the desire for revenge as not a justification for cruel, barbaric, or inhumane punishment. Many believe that it is not necessary for society to carry out vengeance disguised as justice. It reaffirms violent offenders in devaluing human life while also creating a culture which teaches the lesson that the way to resolve conflict and settle scores is through
Revenge is often seen as a primal instinct that is given a negative connotation. A desire that burns within us when we have been wronged. But is it morally correct to act on this desire for revenge? A question like this is pondered by philosophers and seekers of knowledge, and it remains a disputable topic today. At its core, revenge is the act of seeking retribution for a wrong that has been inflicted upon us.
Hamlet, also, could not get over the death of his father. He found out when his father’s ghost came back that his brother, and Hamlet’s uncle, murdered him. He then was willing to do anything possible to get revenge on Claudius, his uncle. Both of
This, along with how quickly his mother then married the murderous uncle, and at the request of his father's ghost sparks the thought of revenge in Prince Hamlet. Imagine the passionate feelings of betrayal associated with the loss of a father along with the lack of apparent mourning from everyone, including the widow. Despite these feelings, Prince Hamlet struggles with the thought of revenge, as evidenced by his inaction when he has the opportunity while Claudius appears to be praying and then again during his famous "to be or not to be" soliloquy. In the end revenge is served, doubly, as Prince Hamlet stabs Claudius with a poisoned sword and makes