The Bitterness of Revenge

1606 words 7 pages
Linsluv Lovely
February 18, 2012
Paper #1
The Bitterness of Revenge Revenge grows and festers off of resentment and rage. Revenge is an illness that is very contagious. Revenge can take over a person’s life and end in heartbreak and misery. Revenge hurts people as well as their love ones. Revenge will always end in unhappiness unless one learns that revenge is nothing more than a dead end. Revenge does not solve any answers and will not make any person any happier than before. This theme of revenge is shown numerous times in the story Great Expectations written by Charles Dickens. In the novel, many bitter souls seek revenge as the answer to their problems. Characters commit crimes, hurt other because of selfish
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Orlick’s search for revenge is not only shown in the novel, but also Abel Magwitch’s revenge on Compeyson. Magwitch’s long bitterness with Compeyson develops into revenge. Abel Magwitch is Pip’s benefactor who lives a life of crime. His old friend, Compeyson, betrayed him years ago when they both committed a crime. Compeyson turned on Magwitch and received a shorter sentence than Magwitch. Magwitch clarifies, “And when we’re sentenced, ain’t it him as gets seven year, and me fourteen, and ain’t it him as the Judge is sorry for, because he might a done so well, and ain’t it me as the Judge perceives to be a old offender of wiolent passion, likely to come to worse?” (Dickens 371-372). Magwitch feels that Compeyson turns on him to get the lighter sentence. Magwitch wants revenge. Compeyson’s selfishness develops Magwitch’s revenge against him. This leads Magwitch to beat him while locked up in jail. Magwitch justifies, “At last I come behind him and hit him on the cheek to turn him round and get a smashing one at him, when I was seen and seized” (Dickens 372). Magwitch gets revenge against Compeyson but leads him to an escape convict on the run and be banished from England. After escaping, Magwitch looses a friend because of betrayal and is now running away from the police. Not only does Magwitch seek revenge on Compeyson, but also Dickens shows that Ms. Havisham seeks revenge on all men. Ms. Havisham seeks revenge on all men


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