Vengeance, is it morally warranted? Refers to The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
The word revenge is specified in the dictionary as: ‘get satisfaction by deliberately causing injury in return for an individual or oneself suffering’. Federal governments and countries often retaliate by combating, like with after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor the U. S government gave an order to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki as vengeance. Kings and dictators also retaliate by invading other countries, and even the common individuals, like us, take revenge on smaller sized issues. However is it morally warranted?
The response to this concern is mostly depends upon whom you ask, and it might differ according to the ideas and values that he/her was raised on– it varies among different peoples, cultures and traditions. In this essay I will attempt to answer this question from the point of the story The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. In order to discuss the vengeance issue of this book let us begin by a brief summery of the story. Edmond Dantes, a young sailor, gets a benefit to be a Captain of a ship, however sadly 4 men arranged that he will be sent to prison for a crime he did not devote.
The four guys are Danglars, Villefort, Fernand Mondego, and Caderousse. Dantes has spent fourteen years in jail and after that he left with a good friend that taught him numerous things and gave him a map to a treasure. The buddy (Abbe) died, and when Dantes discovers the treasure he prospers and well-known and is known as The Count Of Monte Cristo. Throughout all of this duration he didn’t stop considering revenging his enemy. He simply waited for the ideal time and now it came.
His objective is to revenge individuals who imprisoned him and help individuals who helped him. The Count Of Monte Cristo’s opinion about vengeance and death is that individuals who made other people suffer for a long period of time ought to not pass away quick, to put it simply you don’t simply eliminate them, you abuse them so that they will die gradually and painfully. Dantes desires them to be unpleasant and provide a hard time for an extended period of time similar to he suffered for a long period of time in jail. That is why he did not work with anyone to eliminate his enemies or eliminate them himself.
This is proven in the following quote that The Count Of Monte Cristo said: ‘If a guy has tortured and eliminated your dad, your mother, your sweetie, one of those beings who leave an everlasting vacuum and a perpetually bleeding wound when they are torn from your heart … do you believe society has offered you adequate reparation because the male who made you go through long years of psychological and emotional suffering has gone through a few seconds of physical discomfort? For sluggish, extensive, limitless, and everlasting suffering. I ‘d try to avenge myself by causing comparable suffering-an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth’.
This last sentence in the quote, is a sentence from the bible and I believe that by telling us this, the author wishes to reveal us that even in old time, in a book that expect to teach us about life, vengeance was taken and was not immoral. This sentence also acts as well as a justification for him to perform his revenge strategies. Monte Cristo was very wise. He tried to find the weak points of each person of whom he wanted to take revenge of, and there he struck. He learned a lot about his opponents after he got away from prison.
For instance we know that Danglars enjoys money, so Monte Cristo scheduled him to have no cash, he ruined him economically. Another example is Fernand Mondego’s case. After Fernand reaches a high position and became Count de Morcerf, Monte Cristo told the general public that Morcerf is a traitor, and by this act he wrecked him socially. We likewise gained from the story, about Morcerf’s love and commitment to his household. This was another target for Monte Cristo and he was successful in separating him from his family. Fernand was so unpleasant that he devoted suicide.
Villffort, for my opinion is the most egoist person I have ever become aware of (although he is imaginary). He would do anything and sacrifice anyone to his desire. One Quote in the book even specified so: ‘I would sacrifice anything to my ambition, even my own dad’. Due to the fact that of his political craving, Villfort was eager to have an innocent male locked up for a whole life time. I think that in this case revenge is very morally warranted, since for a guy such as Villefort, who was willing to put an innocent man in jail, then revenge is really morally warranted.
Danglars framed Dantes (wrote the letters), because he was envy and envious at him since he gets the reward to be the captain of the Pharon (ship), and likewise at his spirit and self confidence Dantes had. I believe that it is very obvious why Mondego framed Dantes. He was envious of Dantes Fiancee, Mercedes. Gaspard Caderousse, was to greedy. Monte Cristo actually gave Caderousse a possibility to alter and become sincere, but Caderousee didn’t. He was eliminated while trying to rob the Count’s house. But Dantes was not revenging all the time he was an ethical, good, and generous individual. For instance when the Abbe was dying, Dantes did not abandon him.
Which reveals us that Edmond Dantes is a good guy. As we can see, Monte Cristo took his vengeance in such a way that didn’t involve any act that was unlawful. I believe that revenge is ethically warranted in this specific story, due to the fact that he did suffer a good deal, and there was a very good factor for his vengeance. In every day life retaliating is somewhat childish, but not taking it is surrendering. In my opinion vengeance ought to be taken, and an individual must be punished for a bad thing he did. The power of vengeance is discovered in everybody of us, but all of us have to understand how to utilize it wisely.