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Lost In Revenge Essay

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Sir Francis Bacon once said in his famous work Of Revenge that, “Vindictive persons live the life of witches: they are mischievous and come to a bad end”. Seeking revenge is a practice that Sir Francis Bacon was not fond of. Personal revenge is petty and keeps the wounds open longer than necessarily needed. Sir Francis Bacon believes that public revenge for the greater good was not as bad as personal revenge, but he still did not fully approve of it. Revenge is used in numerous works to add drama and character. Many famous works such as, Present Tense by Pearl Jam, The Interlopers by Saki, and even the famous play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, use revenge as the main topic to ...view middle of the document...

One cold, windy night, “Ulrich Von Gradwitz patrolled the dark forest in quest of a human enemy” (Saki 304). After finding George in the dead of the night, Ulrich began to threaten the man with his gun, and vice versa. While in the midst of arguing, “A fierce shriek of the storm had been answered by a splitting crash over their heads, and ere they could leap aside a mass of falling beech tree had thundered down on them” (Saki 305). Bacon has always said that seeking revenge would leave the seeker in pain, and alone in the world. Being trapped under a huge beech tree was Saki’s way of showing the pain, and loneliness, his characters were to suffer. Saki is not the only famous author whom keeps Bacon’s idea of revenge alive and well, a Mr. William Shakespeare does a very handsome job himself.
William Shakespeare and Sir Bacon were of the same mind when Shakespeare wrote his play Romeo and Juliet. William Shakespeare’s character Tybalt was most definitely asking for trouble, when he declared his hatred for Romeo. When Tybalt notices that Romeo was crashing the Capulet’s party he shouts at his Uncle, “It fits when such a villain is a guest. / I’ll not endure him” (Shakespeare...

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