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Revenge: Is It Justified? Essay

1199 words - 5 pages

How is a person supposed to act when they are betrayed? The thought of revenge is something that every human thinks about in times of betrayal. It is necessary for someone to know if taking revenge is appropriate or not. In the book “The Count of Monte Cristo”, by Alexander Dumas, revenge is a prominent theme throughout the book. It is mostly shown with the main character of the book, Edmond Dantes. His revenge was justified even though some of his acts of revenge had unintended outcomes for others.
You may wonder where should a person draw the line when it comes to revenge? In the book, Edmond Dantes is a hard working first mate on the Pharaon, and doesn’t do anything outside of the ...view middle of the document...

Luigi would then only let him eat for ridiculous amounts of money. They took all but 50,000 of Danglars's remaining fortune and left him to live a life of mediocrity. This was obviously done because Danglars helped put Dantes away for personal, monetary gain within the firm of Morrel & Son. The other reason Dantes did this is because it’s the same thing that Danglars did to his father; He let him starve to death. The reason this revenge is appropriate is because he is doing the same damage that Danglars did to him. Even though Danglars may not have starved Dantes, it was still his father and that’s why it was justified revenge.
Some say Revenge is a dish best served cold. Edmond Dantes would agree with this, because he realized that if he took revenge without thinking or planning any of his actions, it would not be satisfactory.
“He decided it was human hatred and not divine vengeance that had plunged him into this abyss. He doomed these unknown men to every torment that his inflamed imagination could devise, while still considering that the most frightful were too mild and, above all, too brief for them: torture was followed by death, and death brought, if not repose, at least an insensibility that resembled it.” (15.8)
What this means is that Edmond Dantes did not just want to kill these men; he wanted them to suffer. This is exactly what he did to Fernand Mondego. Fernand took Dantes wife, Mercedes, and then locked him up forever. Dantes did not just suffer for one day, but he sat, rotted, and almost died in prison. Why would Dantes want to just kill Fernand without making him suffer like he did to him? The revenge Dantes took on Fernand was justified because he made him feel the same suffering that he had to go through, and that led Fernand to end his own life.
Although it seems throughout the book that Dantes is okay with his revenge, there is one point in the book that he starts to question himself and he wonders if he has gone too far. Dante had no intentions of ever hurting anyone that was innocent, but it still happened. Dantes involuntarily was the cause of Madame Ville fort’s death. He also was shocked when he found out Fernand had killed himself. Even though this is one point in the book where it could be...

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