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Revenge And The Road To Forgiveness

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Sir Francis Bacon once said “The first wrong breaks the law; revenge of that wrong destroys law itself” (Bacon). Bacon explains this in his essay Of Revenge. If one seeks revenge, one is only going to hurt oneself in the end. Revenge is hurtful and spiteful and one will possibly hurt others through it. One can fix it if one changes ones view on things. Throughout the following, Romeo and Juliet, Biography of Takashi Tanemori, Present Tense, The Blade of Grass in a Dreamless Field, one will see how revenge affects a person and the people around them.
In the song Present Tense by Pearl Jam the writer Mike McCready depicts a scene in one’s head and explains that one can’t live in the past and hold a grudge, seek revenge, or one won’t get the most out of life. In the song it doesn’t really say why he’s living in the past, but that he’s regretting a lot and it lonely. In Present Tense, the chorus of the song says “you can spend your time alone re-digesting past regrets” (McCready). The song depicts a miserable character, but as the song goes on, it says that one has to forgive. Only one can truly forgive oneself, “you’re the only one who can’t forgive yourself” (McCready). Bacon says people should forget about what happened in order to forgive themself. Guilt is miserable and can take over oneself. It can be forgotten thought, if all involved forget and forgive. Hatred can also take over oneself.
Tybalt absolutely hate’s the Montague’s; he’s talking to Mercutio, because he took out his sword, but talks of peace. Tybalt wanted to fight Benvolio. “I hate the word as I hate hell, all Montague’s and thee” (Shakespeare I.i.62-63). Tybalt and his hatred of the Montague’s have gotten himself killed at the hand of Romeo, for killing Mercutio. “see what courage is laid upon your hate, that heaven finds means to kill your joys with love, and I for winking at your discords too” (Shakespeare IV.iii.310-313). Revenge is never good, and one will...

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