2395 - "An Eye For an Eye": Looking at the Theme of Revenge in Literature
Although revenge may be "a dish best served cold," its intensity can scorch the pages of classic and contemporary literature. The desire to retaliate when you have been (or feel you have been) wronged governs works as diverse as stories by Poe, Bradbury, and Atwood, the play Medea, and the novels Wuthering Heights and The Round House. In class, selected clips from films such as True Grit and Unforgiven will be shown. After an historical overview of the revenge genre and a discussion of its enduring popularity, we will consider in the above works the role revenge plays in its plot and characterizations, the effects of revenge on both the avenger and the reader, and the questions it raises about violence, justice, and morality. Required short stories can be accessed on-line. For further course information and what you need to read by the first class, please see the website: www.revengeliterature.weebly.com . Facilitated Discussion Viewing Videos
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MARJORIE LANCASTER taught high school English for 34 years. Reading literature, visiting art museums, and watching movies are lifelong passions; the only thing better is sharing these interests with others in robust discussion. Her passions do not include revenge . . . as of yet.