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What does the narrator mean when he says, "It is equally unredressed when the avenger...

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nooritawakol | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 17, 2011 at 2:15 AM via web

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What does the narrator mean when he says, "It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong"?

I think the first sentence ("A wrong is undressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. ")says that a wrong is undone once the avenger gets revenge? Does the second part mean that a wrong can also be undone if the avanger feels guilty about what he did to get revenge??

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted October 17, 2011 at 3:54 AM (Answer #1)

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I think you're almost there. The first quotation, "A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser," in my opinion, means that revenge backfires when the person seeking revenge gets caught up in the emotions and just lashes out. The verb "redress" means "to set right, to rectify." The point is to get even, not to lose your head. You haven't rectified the situation if your actions just make it worse.

The second quotation, which you ask about in your question, means that unless the person who wronged you knows that you have taken vengeance, you really haven't gotten any vengeance at all. It's like shooting spit wads at a person and not getting caught. The guy knows somebody was zinging him, but he doesn't know who or why. He has no awareness that it was in retaliation for something he has done.

I hope this helps you!

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