The word revenge is defined in the dictionary as: ‘get fulfillment by deliberately causing injury in return for an individual or oneself suffering’. Governments and nations frequently retaliate by combating, like with after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor the U.S federal government provided an order to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki as vengeance. Kings and dictators also take revenge by getting into other countries, and even the normal individuals, like us, retaliate on smaller problems. However is it ethically justified? The answer to this concern is mainly depends upon whom you ask, and it might differ according to the principles and values that he/her was raised on– it differs amongst various individuals, cultures and customs.
In this essay I will attempt to address this concern from the point of the story The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. In order to go over the vengeance issue of this book let us start by a short summery of the story.
Edmond Dantes, a young sailor, gets a reward to be a Captain of a ship, however regrettably four men arranged that he will be locked up for a criminal offense he did not dedicate. The 4 males are Danglars, Villefort, Fernand Mondego, and Caderousse. Dantes has actually spent fourteen years in jail and then he got away with a buddy that taught him many things and offered him a map to a treasure. The buddy (Abbe) died, and when Dantes finds the treasure he prospers and famous and is known as The Count Of Monte Cristo. During all of this duration he didn’t stop thinking of revenging his opponent. He simply waited on the best time and now it came. His objective is to revenge the people who imprisoned him and assist individuals who assisted him.
The Count Of Monte Cristo’s opinion about revenge and death is that individuals who made other people suffer for a long time should not die fast, to put it simply you don’t simply kill them, you torture them so that they will pass away slowly and painfully. Dantes wants them to be unpleasant and give them a hard time for an extended period of time much like he suffered for a long time in prison. That is why he did not hire anybody to kill his opponents or kill them himself.
This is shown in the following quote that The Count Of Monte Cristo said: ‘If a guy has tortured and eliminated your daddy, your mother, your sweetie, among those beings who leave an everlasting vacuum and a constantly bleeding injury when they are torn from your heart … do you believe society has provided you enough reparation due to the fact that the male who made you go through long years of mental and emotional suffering has gone through a couple of seconds of physical discomfort? For sluggish, extensive, unlimited, and eternal 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 informing us this, the author wishes to reveal us that even in old time, in a book that expect to teach us about life, revenge was taken and was not immoral. This sentence also acts as well as a reason 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 wished to retaliate of, and there he struck. He found out a lot about his opponents after he left from prison. For example we know that Danglars enjoys money, so Monte Cristo arranged for 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 informed the public that Morcerf is a traitor, and by this act he trashed him socially. We likewise learned from the story, about Morcerf’s love and devotion to his household. This was another target for Monte Cristo and he succeeded in separating him from his family. Fernand was so miserable that he dedicated suicide.
Villffort, for my opinion is the most egoist person I have actually ever heard of (despite the fact that 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 father’. Due to the fact that of his political yearning, Villfort was eager to have an innocent guy put behind bars for an entire life time. I think that in this case revenge is really ethically warranted, because for a guy such as Villefort, who was willing to put an innocent male in jail, then vengeance is really ethically warranted. Danglars framed Dantes (composed the letters), due to the fact that he was envy and jealous at him due to the fact that he gets the reward to be the captain of the Pharon (ship), and also at his spirit and self confidence Dantes had.
I think that it is really obvious why Mondego framed Dantes. He was envious of Dantes Bride-to-be, Mercedes. Gaspard Caderousse, was to greedy. Monte Cristo actually offered Caderousse a chance to alter and become honest, but Caderousee didn’t. He was killed while attempting to rob the Count’s house. But Dantes was not revenging all the time he was a moral, great, and generous person. For instance when the Abbe was passing away, Dantes did not desert him. Which shows us that Edmond Dantes is a good man.
As we can see, Monte Cristo took his revenge in a manner that didn’t include any act that was illegal. I think that revenge is morally warranted in this specific story, since he did suffer a lot, and there was an excellent reason for his vengeance. In every day life taking revenge is rather childish, but not taking it is surrendering. In my opinion vengeance need to be taken, and a person should be punished for a bad thing he did. The power of vengeance is found in everyone people, however we all have to understand how to utilize it carefully.