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Private Revenge In Literature Essay

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In “Of Revenge” by Sir Francis Bacon, he expresses his thoughts on revenge and claims that those who seek revenge only hurt themselves and referred to revenge as a “wild justice”. Additionally, Bacon claims, “…vindictive persons live the life of witches: they are mischievous and come to a bad end” which explains that private revenge ends with negativity. He believes public revenge can mostly be good. Even though revenge can be good, “…a man consumed with a desire for revenge keeps his own wounds open which otherwise would heal” (Bacon). Bacon’s idea of private revenge is present in other literature such as “The Interlopers” by Saki, “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare, and in the “Autobiography of Takashi Tanemori”.
“The Interlopers” by Saki relates to Bacon’s ideas on private revenge as two men are hurt in the act of seeking revenge. In the past, Ulrich Gradwits and Georg Znaeym’s families have fought over woodland full of game. The feud becomes personal as Ulrich and Georg’s feelings become murderous. On a winter night, both men hunt for the other on the disputed land and they come face to face, “Each had a rifle in hand, hate in his heart, and murder uppermost in his mind” (Saki 305). While seeking and hunting for revenge, Ulrich and Georg are crushed by a tree and injured. Although they hate each other, they realize they were stupidly fighting over a feud they had not started. Under the tree, they argue about who will be found by their team first as they wait, Ulrich speaks, “’Lying here tonight, thinking, I’ve come to think we’ve been rather fools; there are better things in life than getting the better of a boundary dispute’” and they agree to be friends (Saki 308). In the distance, they see what they thought was their team, unfortunately they were hungry wolves. They were killed and the feud was never settled between their families. Bacon claims in the essay “Of Revenge”, which those who seek revenge only hurt themselves and “The Interlopers” tells of two men who argued their whole lives, and realized that they wasted their lives, too late. Not only can revenge continue on the feud as displayed in “The Interlopers”, but revenge can also end the feud in, as told in “Romeo and Juliet”.
In “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare, two families’ feud ends in tragic deaths, as Bacon’s idea of private revenge is illustrated. An ancient argument between the Montagues and the Capulets leads to violence in each generation it passes through. The families often fight in Verona and disrupt the town many times as Capulet says “My sword, I say! Old Montague has come/ And flourishes his blade in spite of me” and Montague replies, “Thou villain Capulet! – Hold me not; let me go” until the Prince must give a warning (Shakespeare I.ii. 68-70). As the families argue and fight, the children, Juliet Capulet and Romeo Montague fall in love and secretly get married. Juliet is betrothed to another man named Paris and Romeo is banished for killing Tybalt,...

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