Views on Vengeance in The Count of Monte Cristo

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In The Count of Monte Cristo, Dantès goes from a happy, successful sailor to a dark vengeance seeking man. Though Dantès is advised many times not to seek out vengeance by his close friends like the Abbé, his emotions get the best of him and he attempts to carry out his wicked plan. Throughout the whole Bible, God instructs us to not repay evil with evil, and to leave revenge to him. Furthermore, in this story itself, Dumas drops hints about his perspective on the matter as well. Lastly, my view on vengeance is that it is for God to avenge and not man. However, in the end, everyone’s perspective on vengeance will become clear.

Many times when people decide to avenge their enemies they are often unjust in their punishments because they let emotions get in the way. In The Count of Monte Cristo, Dantès is driven by the desire to make all of his enemies suffer the way he did, and worse. However, the way the Count is planning to go about this is quite contrary to what the Bible instructs. In Romans 12:17-21 it says, “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” As can be seen from this verse, the Lord clearly says that vengeance for him to take out only. Rather, he instructs us to repay evil with good, and to love our enemies. It even says that by loving our enemies you wil...

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...lical viewpoint, Dumas’ viewpoint and my viewpoint all seem to parallel. All the perspectives on this matter seem to point to the fact that taking vengeance on your enemies is a bad thing. The Lord wants us to leave the vengeance to him, Dumas is also is against vengeance as seen from his contextual points, and lastly I am against taking vengeance as well. Revenge is a can be extremely destructive and it is dangerous to carry out. When the Count wants to avenge his enemies for all the wrong things they had done to him, he can’t do it without accidentally harming his friends as well. His friends had become friends with his enemies and now attempting to carry out vengeance on his enemies would be quite the difficult job. Thus in the end you should not take avenge your enemies for whatever they have done to you. Myself, the Bible and Dumas all agree on this point.
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