The Avalon Project: Code Of Hammurabi

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“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. 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…show more content…
Even in the distant past, there were laws that prevented revenge in common society. The codes of Hammurabi is a good example. It is one of the earliest and most complete ancient legal codes that was proclaimed by the Babylonian king, Hammurabi. His code is a collection of 282 laws and standards, stipulated rules for commercial interactions and set fines and punishments to meet the requirements of justice. The expository titled, “The Avalon Project: Code of Hammurabi” states a few of the Hammurabi codes and laws. It is written that, “If a man put out the eye of another man, his eye shall be put out.” This is a good law because it stops the victim from having hatred on his attacker and not acting out of revenge to try and inflict more harm that was dealt on himself. It protects the people and less people are killed. When someone or a group acts out of revenge, the ending is usually far worse than how it started. For example, that visual image by Rob Rogers shows me that even the U.S. citizens felt that the nuclear bomb in Hiroshima, Japan was too much and not called for. After the Pearl Harbor bombing, the U.S. wanted revenge on Japan so they unleashed a nuclear bomb which killed millions more in Japan compared to the casualties in Pearl Harbor.
The book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee shows many examples of why revenge and hatred should never be justified. First of all, Bob Ewell is a great example of why you must control your
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He feels hatred towards him because he defended a black man in court. Atticus says to his son, “ There’s a lot of ugly things in this world, son. I wish I could keep ‘em all away from you. That’s never possible.” Author, Harper Lee writes this to show that hatred is a common thing in society but you must keep that emotion to yourself. Additionally, Bob Ewell’s hatred towards Atticus grew, as the book went on. He got so sick and tired of him and wanted revenge. Atticus explains that, “So if spitting at my face and threatening me saved Mayella Ewell one extra beating, that’s something I’ll gladly take.” Harper Lee describes that Bob Ewell was so full of hatred that he would beat up anyone he disliked. Towards the end of the novel. Bob couldn’t control his hatred any longer so, in revenge he tries to kill Atticus’ children. But a young hero named Boo Radley sees them being attacked and kills Bob with his own
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