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Revenge Lies Within Us All Revenge is an instinctive human characteristic The emotions and actions associated with revenge are neither preventable nor controllable But the effects of revenge may either be treated freely as an act of nature and be allowed to take their course or they may be treated and punished like a crime Revenge is an emotion and a desire that demands justice It is not learned or attained by outside influences By examining the biblical story of Cain who killed his brother out of envy it is feasible to say that Cain did not learn the act of revenge from anybody else It was fostered and concocted by his own mind No one showed it to him nor taught him of it In describing his experiences with revenge Alexander Theroux said my immediate thought was a simple and uncomplicated one I wanted to kill her 280 This shows that revenge is an instinctive characteristic that has the ability to develop whenever a threatening situation arises Theroux gives this description in his essay title Revenge It is an emotion discounting mercy neat to the taste and born of a separate need to rectify a wrong by inflicting harm in return for an injury a slight or an insult and to exact satisfaction for that which at least in the sufferers eye blind and stupid fate not only has allowed but in a way has cruelly fostered 281 In this description Theroux is describing revenge has being cruelly fostered by fate He makes no reference to revenge being a cognitive creation in the sufferers mind There is no conscious effort in a human to decide to take revenge It is an almost automatic reaction for a person to feel he has the right to return the harm done to him The sufferer believes that without his personal intervention the despised will go scot-free 281 This however does not mean every human will react
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