Great Expectations (revenge And How It Backfires In The Book)

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In the Bible, God teaches us about revenge and how we should love and forgive one another. When Jesus is insulted and hurt in the bible, he does not take revenge but holds his temper. "When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly."� (1Peter 2:23) Charles Dickens teaches us in his novel, Great Expectations, that people who seek revenge on others often end up hurting themselves as well.

One person who finds herself getting hurt after she takes vengeance on others is Miss Havisham. After being left at the altar by a man named Compeyson, she vows to break all men's hearts. To aid her in this devious task, she adopts a girl named Estella. Miss Havisham raises Estella to break men's hearts and to be very cold hearted.

Estella would criticize others by their looks and did not care about what others thought about her. When Pip, a blacksmith boy, is called to her house to play, Estella is very rude and says she does not want to play with him because he is a commoner. "With this boy! Why, he is a common laboring-boy!"� (Pg. 59) Miss Havisham, wanting to break all men's hearts, tells Estella she could break Pip's heart when she did not want to play with him. "Well? You can break his heart."� (Pg. 59) Miss Havisham raised Estella to break men's hearts by making them fall in love with her then dumping them in the end. Even though Miss havisham brought up Estella to break men's hearts her plan backfires on herself and is heartbroken by Estella. Miss Havisham and Estella get into an argument because Miss Havisham thinks she is tired...