‘‘An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth‘‘ – the biblical notion that for every wrong done there should be a compensating measure of justice, so-called mirror punishment. It is said that revenge is sweet, but many people argue whether it is worthy and fair. Why not try being strong and forgive? Revenge causes only bad consequences. As Gandhi said – ’’ An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind’’. These are the moral issues which are raised inn both of these stories.
The Schoolteacher’s Guest written by Isabel Allende and Vendetta by Guy de Maupassant both involve the death of sons and the subsequent revenge. The first also has a strong belief in fate, trust in the attitude of the community and shows the strength of mother’s love. Ines, the schoolteacher loved by everyone, lives in a very warm and friendly village Agua Santa. When the mango farmer accidentally kills her son, the community goes mad. People want too lynch the murderer, take revenge. Surprisingly, Ines reacts quite calmly. She is upset but extremely cool; she believes that what goes around comes around. When the murderer does return several years later she takes the chance and slits his th
Although Vendetta is also a story about revenge, there are essential differences most which are influenced by the community itself, where the act of revenge takes place. Whereas, widow Saverini lives in a Bonifacio, very cold, windswept place where people do not know each other. When Saverini’s son is killed nobody really cares about it; the community is not interested in other people’s sorrow. Desperate mother reacts coldly, buut is very angry and bitter. She swears to avenge her son and punish murderer Nicolas Ravolatti; she dares not delay. Indeed, everything to be achieved takes some sort of effort. She accustoms her dog to terrible method of attack, disguises herself like a tattered old beggar man and realizes her cruel plan, takes revenge.
In both stories authors do not comment or show their point of view; they leave justice part for readers. What is more, there is not much in