Exact Revenge: A Psychological Thriller Rooted in Deep Motivations That Drive Us All

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Raymond White has everything going for him; successful career as a lawyer, beautiful fiancée, and a pending Congressional seat. White, a self-made man with modest pedigree, was only a step away from political office and marriage to the woman he loved. When White’s mentor a dying congressman asked White to deliver a package as a dying wish, White could not refuse. After delivering this package, a group of jealous colleagues led him into an ingenious frame-up for murder. White, out of the picture each of his rivals prospers in wealth for years to come. Convicted of murder White is sentenced for life. Living in a maximum security prison in upstate New York and convicted of a murder he didn't commit, his only thoughts are finding the men who…show more content…
Denial, is an outright refusal to acknowledge or recognize that something has occurred or is currently occurring. Green uses denial when White faces the possibility of being imprisoned for murder as described by White, “They’re gonna acquit me. He hasn’t proven anything beyond a reasonable doubt” (57). Repression acts to keep information out of conscious awareness. However, these memories don't just disappear; they continue to influence our behavior. One can decipher White’s repression as he states “When my work is through I allow myself to languish and think the times when I was a boy” (3). This repression takes White’s thoughts away from his current state of being incarcerated. Displacement involves taking out our frustrations, feelings and impulses on people or objects that are less threatening. Green uses displacement for White, this can been seen when the prison guards come to get White out of the solitary confinement after sixty days. White has built-up frustration and is angry with men who placed him in jail. He takes his frustration out on the prison staff. White tells the reader “When they come for me, I will attack the first person I can get my hands on” (5). Sublimation is a defense mechanism that allows us to act out undesirable desires by converting these behaviors into a more adequate form. White is locked up in solitary confinement for sixteen years. This confinement builds White’s frustration. He allows himself to vent believing his would

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