The Bitterness of Revenge Essay

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Linsluv Lovely OPPAPERS.COM February 18, 2012 Paper #1 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…show more content…
Joe being physically damaged. However Orlick is able to get away with this attack. His quest to fully satisfy his misery comes when he tries to also get back at Pip. The second person Orlick seeks revenge on is Pip. Pip is a very nice young man that tries to become a gentleman. There should be no reason why Orlick should want to seek revenge upon him. However, Orlick sees Pip as a threat from an early age. Orlick blames Pip for loosing his job as Mrs. Havisham’s porter and for also ruining his chance with Biddy. Orlick insinuates, “You did that, and that would be enough, without more. How dared you come betwixt me and a young woman I liked?” (Dickens 452). Orlick is had a liking toward Biddy and feels that Pip gave her bad opinions about him. From when Pip started working at the forge for Joe, Orlick always felt Pip is in his way. He blames Pip for all his problems and even tries to get back at Pip by blaming him for attacking Mrs. Joe. Now it ends with Orlick trying to kill Pip. Orlick declares, “You was always in Old Orlick’s way since ever you was a child. You goes out of his way, this present night. He’ll have no more on you. You’re dead” (Dickens 453). Orlick has taken revenge on Pip but fails when Pip is rescued by his friend, Herbert. Later Orlick is caught and taken to jail for stealing from Pip’s uncle. Through Orlick, Dickens show that revenge ends in misery and that it festers from bitterness. Since Orlick tried to take revenge on Mrs.
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