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Killer Revenge Essay

871 words - 4 pages

It happened yesterday, and also the day before that, because revenge is happening all the time. But the author Sir Francis Bacon claims those that seek revenge, end up hurting themselves. In Bacon’s essay of Revenge he states “Wise men have enough to do with things present and future-therefore, they who labor in past matters do but harm themselves.” This claim appears in several other parts of literature. The claim occurs in things like the short story The Interlopers by Saki with the long lasting feud, along with the famous play from William Shakespeare with The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet and the heartbreaking end for them, and lastly the Biography of Takashi Tanemori and his struggle with the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Bacon’s idea of revenge is proved true because it occurs in The Interlopers, Romeo and Juliet and the biography of Takashi Tanemori.
The author Saki writes an ironic story called The Interlopers, it gives a moral lesson about getting along, and how it is best not to take revenge. The Gradwitz and Znaeym family have been in a family feud for three generations over forestland, and the only thing both families have been taught is to hate each other. Both Ulrich and Georg head out into the woods, ready to kill each other, “Each had a rifle in his hand, each had a hate in his heart and murder uppermost in mind,”(Saki 305). This revenge between Georg and Ulrich can only make things slowly worse when they meet; because disaster struck, pinning the enemies down under a tree where they were harming themselves physically and emotionally. The enemies try to get along, but it is too late “‘who are they?’ asked Georg quickly, straining his eyes to see what the other would gladly not have seen. ‘Wolves,’” (Saki 310). As a punishment for the revenge they seek, both Georg and Ulrich is killed by wolves, just like what Bacon revenge idea generally predicted. Bacon’s idea of revenge not only happens in The Interlopers it also occurs in the famous poem Romeo and Juliet.
William Shakespeare writes the poem Romeo and Juliet, telling a tale of two forbidden lovers and how revenge leads to no good. Star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet marry in Verona, where violence is banned; after Romeo’s friend Mercutio is killed by Juliet’s cousin Tybalt, Romeo starts to make a grave mistake. In a rage, Romeo tries to avenge his friend’s death “Either thou or I, must go with him,” (Shakespeare III.ii. 69-70). Romeo is evaluated a punishment by the...

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