The Bitterness of Revenge

Topics: Great Expectations, Charles Dickens, Abel Magwitch Pages: 4 (1619 words) Published: February 18, 2012
Linsluv Lovely
February 18, 2012
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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 desires, and even end up hurting people they love. Dickens shows through numerous characters that when a person seeks revenge, it concludes in tragedy. In the novel Great Expectation, Dickens demonstrates thorough the characters in the book that revenge is not the resolution. One character’s bitterness that turned him to seek revenge on two specific people is Dolge Orlick. Orlick first seeks revenge on Mrs. Joe Gargery. Mrs. Joe is a very evil woman who treats her husband, younger brother, and Orlick very nasty. Mrs. Joe makes it hard on Orlick to work in the forge for Joe. Even when Joe gives Orlick a break, Mrs. Joe acts very cruel toward him. Mrs. Joe exclaims, “And I couldn’t be a match for the rogues, without being a match for you, who are the blackest looking and the worst rogue between this and France. Now!” (Dickens 121). These hateful words makes Orlick resent Mrs. Joe even more to the point where he plots a scheme to attack her. Since Mrs. Joe is very evil to Orlick, already a bitter man, he seeks revenge against her. Orlick clarifies, “I come upon her from behind as I come upon you to-night. I giv’ it her! I left her for dead, and if there had been a limekiln as night her as there is now nigh you, she...
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