29 October 2015
Eye for an Eye
Revenge is a paradox. It brings closure, but it also brings more problems. It brings happiness, but not before it brings guilt. It seems like the right thing to do in the moment, still, revenge is never the answer. Studies show that revenge can be a sweet feeling for the brain, however, the consequence for ill-fated actions arenâ€™t always the sweetest. In Mary Shellyâ€™s, Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein learns about the consequences of revenge, although he is not the one committing the revengeful actions.
In Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein faces the consequences of his actions, as the monster he creates decides ...view middle of the document...
The deaths in the Frankenstein family were eventually linked to the monster, which gave Victor the idea to chase down the monster and kill what he had created. In an article published by Psychological Science, it is states that, â€œSuccessful revenge appears to make the avengers feel satisfied that equity has been restored, but in many cases the recipient of revenge will perceive the aftermath of revenge as marked by inequity and negative out comes.â€ (Psychological Science, 1) Victor felt as though he was committing justice by destroying his walking project, however, his â€œjusticeâ€ was still a plan of revenge against the monster, who had single-handedly taken away many loved ones from Victor. His conquest was fueled by strong emotions as he stated, â€œWhen I reflected on his crimes and malice, my hatred and revenge burst all bounds of moderation. I would have made a pilgrimage to the highest peak of the Andes, could I when there have precipitated him to their base.â€ (Shelly, 160) Victors mission eventually led him on a wild goose chase, which ended with the demise of Victor. His search for revenge was well sought out, however Victor tasted the bitter taste of consequence during his journey, as he fell ill and passed away trying to find the monster. This example of downfall of character in Shellyâ€™s novel shows the side effects of seeking revenge and acting on vengeful actions. Furthermore, the monster also faced his demise as he decided to take his own life upon seeing his creator die.
Both the monster and the creator were on a conquest fueled by revenge, and both character died by the...