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Vengeance Can Only Occur Through Providence Man cannot get away with vengeance because vengeance is Gods job Great Books MD Through this quote one can conclude that man is not one to judge others and exact revenge Moby-Dick by Herman Melville and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne are two anecdotes that teach a lesson in regard to revenge The Scarlet Letter telling a tale about the commitment of adultery reveals that revenge is unable to be done by man Obsessed with finding his wifes partner of adultery Roger Chillingworth also becomes obsessed with vengeance He becomes obsessed enough that he himself begins to deteriorate and eventually destroys himself Moby-Dick is a tale about a man Ahab who wants to kill Moby Dick the whale that has taken one of his legs He cannot rid Moby Dick and eventually destroys as well further proving that revenge can only happen through providence Two anecdotes Moby-Dick and The Scarlet Letter commonly divulge a theme one cannot take on Gods task of vengeance and if tried the vengeance can blind the soul As Chillingworth acknowledges that Dimmesdail the town minister guilty of adultery with relation to his wife he begins his quest to make close relations with Dimmesdail With closer relations it is easier for Chillingworth to exact revenge Revenge is not Chillingworths job but Gods Hester tries to stop him by saying Hast thou not tortured him enough Hawthorne 168 However Chillingworth responds with NonoHe has but increased the debt Hawthorne 169 Chillingworth desires full revenge toward Dimmesdail and cannot yield Dimmesdail does not yet realize Chillingworthes intention and as a result Chillingworthe becomes more obsessed with revenge Correspondingly in Moby-Dick Starbuck a whaler against vengeance tries to yield Ahab from revenge Likewise Starbuck cries Vengeance on a dumb brute Melville 236 In the same way Ahab responds That inscrutable thing is chiefly what I hate and be the white whale agent or be the white whale
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