Everyone has a thirst for vengeance, but, rarely, is revenge ever sweet. “The old law ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind,” Martin Luther King Jr. (“Revenge”). After reading The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, both published in the 1800s, it’s obvious that revenge is a major, consistent theme in both books. Although revenge is glamorized and encouraged in literature, such as The Count of Monte Cristo and Frankenstein, pop culture, and society, it is never morally justified and it causes collateral damage. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas is solely based on the theme of taking revenge on those who wronged the main character, Edmond Dantes. Edmond Dantes does indeed gain vengeance, …show more content…
When Victor realizes that the human-like creature he created was an absolute monster, he abandoned it which led to the monster’s ultimate revenge. "Cursed, cursed creator! Why did I live? Why, in that instant, did I not extinguish the spark of existence which you had so wantonly bestowed? I know not; despair had not yet taken possession of me; my feelings were those of rage and revenge.” (Shelley 121). The monster is talking about his horrible creator, Victor, and that he is responsible for his misery. To release his anger, he burns down a cottage rather searching for Victor. He catches his first real taste of revenge when he murders Victor’s younger brother, William, while they both happened to be walking through the forest. William made some distasteful comments towards the monster then proceeded to say that his father was a Frankenstein in which the monster had the instinct to grab the boy and strangle him to death. Not only did the monster murder William, but after several events, killed Victor’s best friend and his wife. All of Victor’s loved ones are dead now due to the monster’s actions, and he vows to hunt down the monster and to harass him until he or the monster falls dead in a physical conflict. “...I swear...to pursue the demon who caused this misery until he or I shall perish in …show more content…
Rather than doing the damage themselves for revenge, people resort to a lawyer, the police, or the government to get back at someone. A Harvard professor persecuted a family-run Chinese restaurant for mistakenly overcharging the man $4.00 (“The Futility of Vengeance”). People who tend to take revenge seem to overreact about the situation. A man in Sweden was upset with his daughter’s husband for not staying home with her while she was sick and told the FBI that the son-in-law was associated with al-Qaeda (“Modern-Day Revenge”). The U.S. authorities showed up and the man was charged with libel for for lying. People who don’t trust the government to help or plan to do something illegal, take matters into their own hands. A woman named Carol Bond discovered her husband got her best friend pregnant and to get revenge, attempted to poison her former friend 24 different times (“The Toxic Revenger: Supreme Court Considers a Crime of Passion”). It’s a bit sick, but this shows that no matter how often someone says, “I’d never do that,” it really depends on the situation. It’s easy to see that the act of revenge only leads to disaster and, in the end, no one ever benefits from
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It is an example of man’s complete and utter capacity for abstract thought. Society should be against hatred and revenge because it causes violence and chaos and is inevitably a destructive motive for actions. When we act out of revenge, revenge is what we will receive in return. This was the reason behind the 9/11 attacks on the
However, in human nature this desire for justice can be used for a way of revenge. For example in the play, The Crucible, the reader can see a desire for justice for certain characters in the book. The reader can also see how some characters ‘desire for justice’ is really a way for revenge. As seen in The Crucible by Arthur Miller, and the Black Lives Matter movement, it is human nature for man to desire justice and revenge.
Revenge is the action of inflicting harm on someone for an injury or wrong suffered at their hands. People have been debating whether or not revenge is ethical. In the short story Marigolds by Eugenia W. Collier, the theme of revenge is portrayed as dishonorable, however, in the poem A Poison Tree by William Blake, the author depicts revenge as satisfying. Eugenia W. Collier conveys that revenge is wrong and will cause regret.
“One man's life or death were but a small price to pay for the acquirement of the knowledge which I sought.” A quote from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. This quote embodies one of the central themes of the story. How much knowledge can man obtain without jeopardizing himself or others In Frankenstein, How does knowledge affect a man? Victor the main protagonist creates a monster who begins to haunt his everyday life.
Frankenstein Foil Essay The idea of obtaining new knowledge is what makes us human to strive to be the better version of ourselves. The novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley alludes to the effect that knowledge on humans and brings up ethical questions on the value of human life. The theme is further developed in the novel through the use of foils within the characters. At first glance Robert Walton and Victor Frankenstein seem suitable foils to a greater extend but in reality the creature is a better contrast for Victor Frankenstein.
Thesis: In Mary Shelley's, Frankenstein, the obscure principles of good and evil interact and depend on each other through the character of Victor Frankenstein and his creation of the monster as an extension of his dark raw instincts and emotions. On the surface, Victor Frankenstein appears to be a kind and good human being, merely a tragic hero, but in truth, beneath Victor's benevolent surface lies his egotistical motivation. This is shown in the beginning of the novel in Victor’s purpose for creating the monster. Initially, Victor's purpose could be mistaken as good for he states that "in the process of time... [he] might renew life where death had apparently devoted the body to corruption."
Why would revenge be sought out if one did not have a defined reason? Nevertheless, the reason is usually unnecessary, for the fact the outcome overshadows it. Revenge is what causes many people to strive for their goals, often with evil intention.
The monster tells Victor of his feelings when he states, “You can blast my other passions, but revenge remains…I may die, but first you, my tyrant and tormentor, shall curse the sun that gazes on your misery.” (153) After months and months of the monster trying to connect with the world, he eventually realizes that the efforts are worthless and vows to do to his creator what his creator did to him. To make Victor isolated would give him the same curse the monster has suffered through for its entire new life. Later, the creature asks himself, “Why, in that instant, did I not extinguish the spark of existence which you had so wantonly bestowed?” The creature easily could kill Victor if that was his desire but its real desire was to make Victor suffer as the monster did.
The creature wants to take revenge on Victor for abandoning him and causes Victor grief by killing the people he cares about. When the creature kills, Victor feels responsible and guilty of the murders. He continually breaks down with each death by “his” hands, which makes him go mad. The task of creating a monster turned Victor into a monster
Khang Nguyen Jasmine Le Ms. Brooks English 4 P4 February 6, 2018 Socratic Seminar Critical Questions 1.Why did Frankenstein run from his creation? Victor is the type of person that cannot handle responsibility well. We first see this in Chapter 3, after his mother’s death, “My mother was dead, but we had still duties which we ought to perform; we must continue our course with the rest and learn to think ourselves fortunate whilst one remains whom the spoiler has not seized.”
This caused a lot of anger for the monster, and he would then release this anger onto Victor to make him pay for abandonment. In the end Victor’s death was “caused by his creature” or really by “his own vengeful pursuit of it” (Lowe-Evans). The monsters death was through “self-immolation” because of the murders he committed to get back at Victor (Lowe- Evans). Both man and monster life was ended in cruel
The essay “Revenge is Sour” by English novelist George Orwell explains the negative effects of getting revenge. The author talks about his experience in a prisoner of war camp in South Germany just after the second world war. Orwell believes that there is no such thing as true revenge. Seeking revenge is human nature but in the end it just ends up causing more damage to everyone, Orwell says there is no such thing as revenge. When you feel helpless, you want to seek revenge, but once that feeling of helplessness is gone, the desire to take revenge also passes.
In the novel, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, ambition evolves into a form of obsession with revenge. But the result of vengeance is a curse to human life and its longevity. Both main characters in the novel, Victor and the monster become obsessed and let vengeance be their downfall. Victor was a very ambitious character who longed for knowledge and the presence of new life. He soon became obsessed with his creation and said,“I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body.
Dangerous Minds- Rough Draft Knowledge has the capability to be used for both good and evil. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, there is a consistent message throughout the novel showing the dangerous and destructive power that knowledge can have. Two key characters, Victor Frankenstein and his monster, are shaped through their obsessions with knowledge and the power and responsibility that it brings. Ultimately, Victor’s downfall is a result of his uncontrollable thirst for knowledge, and is brought about through the monster which is the embodiment of his obsession. Victor is a brilliant scientist who figures out a way to create life from death using galvanism, or electricity.
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.