Revenge is a Dish Best Not Served

In our daily lives and through books, movies, and video games, revenge is a theme often reintroduced to us.  It is often said “Revenge is a dish best served cold”, referring to the cold-blooded nature of revenge, considering the emotional detachment and calculated planning involved with revenge.  Whether it be the book The Count of Monte Cristo with the main character of Edward Dantes or the video game Dishonored with the main character of Corvo, a character foil that is often present in our media is a framed and disgraced protagonist that has the main goal of fulfilling their vengeance.  The reason it is such a prominent character foil is because of the fact that, as humans, we relate to the desire for vengeance.  Some people have the opinion that once vengeance is enacted upon, it releases all possible previous feelings of anger in righteous justice.

However, it has been found that revenge actually increases the hatred for a particular person and not decrease it.  Although revenge has been found to give pleasure (brain scans were conducted that found anticipation of revenge produces an effect similar to that of cocaine, where dopamine is the main chemical involved), it has been found that it is a cause of continued hatred towards a particular person.  This lines up with the mentality of Francis Bacon, “A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.”

Links for Further Research: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/pieces-mind/201309/revenge-will-you-feel-better

http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/publications/observer/2011/october-11/the-complicated-psychology-of-revenge.html

 

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Posted on April 22, 2014, in RE:Framed. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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