What would be a good thesis statement about revenge and the price of revenge?
This is a great question, as revenge might seem good, but in the long run it really does hurt everything and everyone. In other words, there is always collateral damage. This is why Confucius said these very wise words:
“Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”
Here is an illustration of this thesis. Arguably the best example of this point comes from the book The Count of Monte Cristo. In this book, Edmond Dantés is framed for a crime that he did not commit. For this reason he finds himself in prison. Needless to say, he escapes and begins to seek revenge. He is successful. Careful planning and an endless supply of money makes all of this possible.
However, along the way, there are unintended consequences. Other people, innocent people, get harmed. For example, the innocent child Eduard is killed in the process. Edmond realizes this and feels contrition.
I leave you with words from Abbé Faria: "I regret having helped you in your investigation and said what I did to you." When Dantés asks what he means, Faria replies, "Because I have insinuated a feeling into your heart that was not previously there: the desire for revenge." Abbé Faria, a religious man, knows that revenge is never the solution, not only because humans are imperfect in their justice, but also because God says that revenge is his prerogative.
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