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In William Faulkners book The Unvanquished the revenge theme unifies the story Each main character tries to get revenge on someone or something Bayard and Ringo avenging the death of Granny show the first form of revenge traditional Southern revenge Second when Drusilla goes off to war to avenge the death of her fianc she kills plenty of men but she never receives closure on his death The third and final form of revenge when Bayard avenges the death of his father Colonel Sartoris he shows the most sophisticated form of revenge People usually think of revenge as making someone else pay for what they did to someone but in reality it releases pressure and grief from the family In the heart revenge does not focus on the villain but rather on the grieving family and friends When Granny dies she leaves behind many mourning people including Ringo and Bayard They have no way to get rid of their dolor except to vindicate her death However this journey relieves Ringo and Bayard rather than Granny or her assassin This explains Ringos eagerness to join Bayard on their journey Uncle Buck shouts Need me or not he hollered by Godfrey Im going You cant stop me You mean to tell me you dont want me to go with you Faulkner 159 Ringo as well as Bayard needs closure on Grannys death and the only way for him to get that closure is for him to help avenge Grannys death This proves that avenging a death is the Southern form of closure for the family Bayards Cousin Drusilla goes to war to fight and avenge her fiancs death In this time period it violates the Southern Code for a lady to fight and spend the night with men especially at war Drusilla gives up everything just for the inner peace knowledge and closure of her fiancs death Bayard describes Cousin Drusilla as follows She was
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