Revenge is a harmful action against a person or a group. It is characterized as a form of justice, seeking or taking vengeance for oneself or another person by retaliating in response to a grievance. Within the short declaration "Of Revenge" by Francis Bacon he describes the self-destructive nature and the injustices that revenge brings about while detailing the benefits of forgiveness. While "He Becomes Deeply and Famously Drunk" by Brady Udall's story explores the concept of revenge as Archie contemplates killing his father's murderer until realizing the elderly man Calfred Pulsipher is not worth the effort and lets go of his anger. From the short story "Spanish Roulette" by Ed Vega the poet Sixto vows revenge against a local gang member who raped his sister and battles with himself to make the right choice. Although revenge may be the momentary satisfaction in times of despair, no man extracts revenge for the sake of evil, without the intent of profiting from it, and will be punished for it, regardless of reason, in this life or the next.
The theme of these stories is the ability to let go of ones hate, to allow themselves the chance to heal without making the dreaded mistake of taking revenge which will ultimately destroy themselves. The message is clear through all three texts that revenge achieves nothing but gambles everything worth losing for the momentary satisfaction of vengeance. Although the three texts go about different ways, reasons, and potential gain by exacting revenge it is very clear through each story that revenge is certainly not sweet. Within the story of the "Spanish Roulette", the crisis is made very clear when Sixto's sister is raped by the gang member and no justice has been brought about for said crime. The sense of injustice is far too much for Sixto to bare as he takes it upon himself to kill his sister's attacker by shooting him. Vega shows Sixto's despair by telling his friend Willie "I know how crazy they are, but I’m gonna...
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