Examples Of Revenge And Justice

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Rios Rogers
Mrs Thao
Honors English 10/ Period 6
October 2, 2017
Revenge Vs. Justice “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” This is the case in the novel A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, The theme of revenge and justice appears many times throughout the novel. This is a main theme in the novel because all of the characters strive for justice and revenge in some way, shape, or form. This theme can also be brought into our lives because we too try to achieve justice and equality and also try to enact revenge on people we feel have treated us unfairly. Both justice and revenge go hand in hand because there can not be one without the other in most cases. Justice is always necessary and everybody should strive to achieve justice while revenge
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She has many statements throughout the book that relate to this theme, one of which being “Say then, my friend; what did Jacques of the police tell thee?”(Dickens 178), while monsieur Defarge replies with “Very little to-night, but all he knows. There is another spy commissioned for our quarter. There may be many more, for all that he can say, but he knows of one.”(Dickens 178) this statement shows that there were spies out to enact revenge onto citizens that did wrongdoings. Revenge is almost never justified for the main reason that it does not help anyone and it always brings people down or hurts them. The only situation where revenge would be justified is when someone has done something so horrible whereas they deserve to either be fined, imprisoned, or killed because of their action. Some examples of this would be killing another person, stealing, and kidnapping. Revenge is not acceptable in any other …show more content…
You are consigned, Evremonde, to the prison of La Force."(Dickens 250), shows how unfair the court system is in France and shows that the court did not care much about justice and fairness and that they often times would just throw people in jail if they were suspected of crime. This is unethical because it is not a fair trial and is a horrible way to enact revenge onto another person because this person could have been innocent. Justice is very similar to revenge whereas they are both done to correct a wrongdoing but justice is more fair compared to revenge only being done out of greed or insecurities. Justice is done when a crime is corrected and takes all sides into consideration instead of just the victims side. It is more morally correct than revenge because it is more fair. Justice cannot be achieved through revenge because even if revenge is taken upon a person, in most cases it will not be fair and will be unjustified. This can be seen in the book when Madame Defarge tries to get revenge on Charles Darnay’s family because they killed her family. She gets her revenge by trying to kill Darnay even though he had nothing to do with the crime and this is unfair because of his innocence. One last statement takes place between Madame Defarge and the wood sawyer says that “No, I cannot spare him! You are engaged at three o’clock; you are going to see the batch of to-day executed.—You?”(Dickens 352) and shows that one major way that Madame Defarge

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