9th Grade English

Sample Argument Papers.

Student Paper Example 7

Mrs. Frandsen

Argument Paper, English 6


Justice Just isn’t Going to Cut It

Smack! The mighty hammer hits the wood. “ Your are found guilty to 60 years in prison”, the judges booming voice echoed through the courthouse. The prisoner smiles because he realizes with the faulty justice system he can drop that punishment to 30 years for good behavior. Revenge is justified because it makes the problem not happen again, it is our human instinct, and justice doesn’t get the job done.

Revenge is justified because it makes it so the problem won’t happen again. In the Batman comics, Batman seeks revenge towards the people that harm Gotham city. By doing so he fixes the problem helping to keep innocent people safe from the bad guy (Robinson 2). Every day hundreds of kids get bullied with no end in sight. If these kids had the guts to get revenge on their bullier than they could solve the problem. They could make the bully realize what he is doing wrong. If you make the oppressor feel oppressed using revenge you could save your whole schooling experience.

It is our human instinct. Everyone is guilty of wanting revenge even small infants. When someone takes a toddlers toy they fight back and steal the others toy. I have been told since I was a child, even in school to trust my instincts. Then why do people that trust their instincts of revenge are deemed crazy by society? For example a father whose son was brutally murdered by a man that was convicted to jail for 40 years. When the man got out of prison the father vowed that he would kill the man that murdered his son.  The father was deemed crazy and was taken to a mental facility to live(Rosenbaum 9). Society is bent on the idea that America’s corrupted justice system will make people pay the consequences. If you trust your instincts then you believe in revenge.

Justice just doesn’t get the job done. Anders Behring Breivik was put on trial in 2012 in Norway. He had set off a bomb that had killed 8 then went on a machine gun massacre killing 69 and injuring 100 more. Justice is suppose to convict the oppressor so he can serve his time for harming the oppressed. He was sentenced to 21 years of prison (the longest he could according to the law) for taking the lives of 77 people (Rosenbaun 10-11). That doesn’t seem fair to the families of the people that he killed. He killed 77 people shouldn’t justice have him serve the lifetime of those 77 people. Prisoners all the time shave off years of their time that they should serve. Also as the public they have to pay taxes on those people to feed and clothe them. Why don’t all homeless people just get into jail.

In some cases revenge could go into a neverending cycle, But In nearly all cases nothing lasts forever. This means that revenge wouldn't be endless maybe 5 years maybe 1 day who knows. Nothings lasts forever.

Revenge is justified for many reasons. It gets the job done. It can not only save one persons life but it could save many. It is a natural instinct everyone feels it and they should trust the feeling. I challenge everybody to be brave enough to admit those feelings of revenge, to show others how Justice just doesn’t cut it.   

Student Paper Example 6

Frandsen 6th Period

Is Revenge Ever Justified?


Is Revenge Ever Justified?

What is the difference between revenge and justice? Is wanting justice the same as seeking revenge? Is seeking revenge ever justified? Taking a closer look, anyone can clearly see that justice is not revenge, and revenge can never be justified.  Unlike justice, revenge is driven by feelings of anger, hatred, and violence. It’s not a well thought out process with the well being of everyone the goal set out to be achieved, but rather the selfish act of wanting someone to feel some of the pain they caused you. To state it simply, revenge cannot be justified because it doesn’t solve any problems, it’s unhealthy, and leaves us in no better condition than our enemies.

Revenge is not a solution to a problem, but rather an endless cycle of refusing to face it. Once one sets out to seek revenge, this never ending cycle is set to begin. Many people associate revenge with closure, a way to finally rid ourselves of the wrongs done to us, but that is not the case. Kevin Carlsmith, PhD, a social psychologist at Colgate University says, “Rather than providing closure, it does the opposite: It keeps the wound open and fresh” (Price 3). In a different article by Simon Critchley, a philosopher at the New School for Social Research, he states, “Once we act out of revenge, don’t we become mired in a cycle of violence and counter-violence with no apparent end?”( 1). Stepping into this endless cycle is not only a waste of time, but a short, temporary fix to our problems. Bryan Robinson goes on to state in one of his articles, “Revenge spawns an endless cycle of retribution. It is not a long- term solution, but a quick fix. That, experts say, is part of its appeal---it gives a wronged party some gratification, even though it is only temporary”( 1). A “quick fix” is not worth the time and energy one puts into revenge, let alone the retribution of the other party. The infinite, brutal, tiring cycle of revenge isn’t worth it to just receive an “eye for an eye” in the end.

Not only is revenge’s never ending cycle only a temporary fix to a problem, it is also an unhealthy emotion. It consumes one’s energy, happiness, and time. In an article by Michael Price it says “....revenge comes at a price. Instead of helping you move on with your life, it can leave you dwelling on the situation and remaining unhappy…” ( 1).  Revenge does not help you move on from the wrong done to you, but rather stuck in the hurt and pain caused by it. Harold Takooshian, a professor of psychology at Fordham University, goes on to compare revenge and hate saying, “Like hate, revenge is something that takes a toll on the person who feels wronged, as well as the person’s enemy. It is inherently unhealthy because it takes a psychological and physical toll on the person. Venting those feelings of anger and hostility does not decrease those feelings” (Robinson 1). With revenge, emotions are coming from a place hatred and anger, and that is never a good thing for anyone’s health. As a society, we know revenge as the act of hurting someone else in a goal to get even, but did you know that while hurting them, you're hurting yourself as well? William Mikulas, a professor of psychology at the University of West Florida, states, “The first thing is to realize that...by having need to hurt somebody, you’re hurting yourself. You’re allowing yourself to be hurt twice physically and emotionally” (Robinson 3).

In the end, no matter what wrong was done to you, once you seek revenge you are no better off than your enemy.  Bud Welch, the father of a victim of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, had a hard time accepting the death of his daughter, Julie, for many weeks after the incident. He says, “After the bombing, I was so full of revenge and retribution, I didn’t even want a trial for McVeigh and Nichols (Oklahoma City bombers).” Welch’s reaction wasn’t viewed as wrong or surprising in the eyes of those around him. After all, his daughter had just been murdered along with 167 other residents of Welch’s home town, what was surprising, though, were Welch’s words just months after the bombing. He states, “It was out of hate and retribution that Julie and so many fine people are dead today. After I began to realize what drove McVeigh and Nichols, I realized that I didn’t want to let my rage and revenge get out of control like it did with them” (Robinson Page 2-3). Bud Welch realized that retaliating against the bombers accountable for killing his daughter would leave him in no better moral condition then they were in. He even went on to travel around the country giving lectures on his experience, letting the world know his stance on revenge and the death penalty. Like Welch, we need to realize that revenge doesn’t give us a clean slate, but rather leaves us on the same ground as our wrongdoer.

Even with all these reasons for why revenge cannot be justified, many people turn around and say revenge is justified because it is an inevitable emotion, one we are bound to experience at one time or another. Some even argue it’s natural, an emotion we all feel throughout our everyday lives, but this so called “inevitable and natural” emotion is dangerous to ourselves and to those around us. Just because we live in a world where we watch, feel, and live revenge, we can yet justify it. We cannot let revenge become an emotion in which one even believes he could attempt to justify it, because if we do, we will be forced to live in a world void of any true meaning.

As you can see, revenge is impossible to justify because it doesn’t solve our problems, it’s unhealthy, and leaves one no better off than his enemy. We will all have to face situations where revenge seems necessary to receive happiness and closure from the wrong done to us, but everyone must remember that revenge cannot be justified by any means. It’s best if we, as a society, leave our wrongs behind us and move on with our lives in happiness.

Student Paper Example 5


English 6- Argument Essay

December 13, 2013

Revenge: The Perfect Solution?

Revenge is an ugly word that is seemingly everywhere in society today. From television, to movies, and even in our own homes, it sneaks up everywhere. And even though it is claimed that it is wrong,  as a society, people find reasons to justify revenge.  However,  revenge is never justified, it does not ease the loss, it is far from healthy, both physically and emotionally, and revenge is an endless cycle.

At some point in life everyone has felt some sort of loss. Whether a loved one, or even just playing a game,  humans have always suffered losses.  In a study done by Kevin Carlsmith, PhD, he showed how revenge plays on our emotions and does not ease the loss.  In his study he had a group of students participate in an investment game.  As long as everyone cooperates, and invests their money,  everyone will benefit equally and for the better, but if just one person didn’t invest, they would benefit greatly themselves.  Along with this, he placed a person in each group to convince everyone to invest, but when the moment came, they would not invest their money.  As a result all wanted revenge.  Half the groups were given a chance to get revenge,  the other half had to live with what the person had done.  A survey taken after this game showed that the groups who had gotten revenge, felt worse than before, and the groups who had not gotten revenge felt better (Price 2-3).  In an article written by Bryan Robinson,  an experience is shared by a man with the name Bud Welch (3).  Welch had lost his daughter in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.  After a deep inner realization Mr. Welch opposed the execution of Timothy McVeigh telling all how it would not bring any peace into anyones minds.  Even now, after the execution, families are still trying to find that sense of closure that they thought, for sure, his death would bring.  It also hurts the seeker twice.  Professor William Mikulas said, “By having need to hurt somebody, you’re hurting yourself.  You’re allowing yourself to be hurt twice physically and emotionally(Robinson 3).”

Revenge is also never free.  Instead of helping people move on with life,  they constantly dwell on the unhappy situation and leaves them unhappy (Price 1).  Professor Harold Takooshian at Fordham University in New York says, that revenge is like hate.  It takes a toll on the person and who feels wronged.  It is unhealthy because it affects them psychologically and physically(Robinson 1).  An example of this would be to go back to the story of Bud Welch and losing his daughter in the Oklahoma City bombing.  Him being so struck with grief had a very hard time dealing with the loss. He wanted to McVeigh to die.  He wanted him to suffer.  The pain was too much and Welch resulted to heavy drinking so he would pass out at night and not have to feel the pain. He began smoking three packages of cigarettes, a very unhealthy habit, and didn’t stop until he had had a striking realization (Robinson 2).

Revenge is an endless cycle, that never stops with one person.  Martin Luther King Jr. puts it this way, “The old law of ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind(Price 1).”  This saying applies to everyday life.  For a little example,  someone leaves an empty pizza box and sprite bottle on someone’s doorstep.  That person finds out who did it by leaving another empty pizza box.  They respond by leaving another empty pizza box on that person’s doorstep, true story.  This endless cycle is the striking realization Bud Welch had experienced. He had realized that McVeigh had only bombed Oklahoma City out of revenge for something that happened on a day two years earlier in Waco, Texas.  The U.S. government had begun storming the Branch Davidan compound and the whole place went up in flames(Robinson 2). Welch stopped the cycle by cleaning up his act, but imagine what could have happened had he kept up with his need for revenge.

On the other hand some people may say that revenge is a good thing, that revenge is justified.  After all it is a very human emotion and is necessary to feel.  Others argue that revenge is justice.  That it is in the very system of our government(Rosenbaum 2,5).  Rosenbaum also claims that as humans all are entitled to revenge. It is written in the bible. And it is to be accomplished with the exact punishment that is due.  However,  this system will bring up the endless cycle that imminently follows revenge.  And as Rosenbaum says, “Vengeance, keeps returning…well… with a vengeance(6)

It is clearly seen that revenge is never justified and never should be.  Revenge plays on emotion and does not ease the loss of the seeker(Price 2).  It is far from healthy, both physically and emotionally(Robinson 1), and it follows a vicious cycle that is very hard to stop once it has begun(Robinson 2).  It is time to stop revenge, it infiltrates the media,  and enters into everyone's lives one way or another.  It is time to be the bigger person, and learn to forgive and forget.

Student Paper Example 4

Period 5

Frandsen, Argument Essay


Not So Sweet After All

Revenge is just another common thread in today’s society.  People see it everywhere, books, movies, television shows, politics, even in the people around each other.  It’s common nature for humans to seek revenge, but revenge is never justified.  It’s never justified because it rarely serves its true purpose, it is not a long term solution, and it takes away the ability to feel anything but vengeance.  Some live by or believe in the rule “an eye for an eye” but as Ghandi said, “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”

Revenge rarely ever serves its true purpose which is a sense of self satisfaction.  It usually causes those to end up looking like the bad guy or leads to embarrassment.  The quote from Robert F. Kennedy states, “Don’t get mad, get even.” is wrong because revenge is just a case of self-satisfaction.  Revenge is short-termed and has no meaning in the long run.  For many it is even quickly forgotten.  It is simply temptation that doesn’t last.  No matter what level of hurt one does to another, either killing a loved one or stealing a pencil, it is never justified to do something back.  “Some argue that experiencing revenge, even through works of fiction, does not ease feelings of anger and vengeance.” (Robinson 2-2)

Why is revenge not a long term solution?  The answer lies in the question.  What problem does revenge solve?  The cycle of revenge perpetuates itself.  Someone wrongs someone else, they wrong them back.  Then they wrong the individual again, and it repeats.  It’s an endless cycle of competition that gets people nowhere.  Those that embrace revenge could get into trouble and blamed for causing the conflict, and revenge just creates bad karma for them.  Some believe in karma, and let it return the wrongdoing back to the originator.  In this process it has to be let go.  Finding a way to forget may be difficult but it will definitely get anyone further than striking back.  “Still, society seems to be in a constant tug-of-war between seeking revenge and turning the other cheek.” (Robinson 2-2)

There’s no room for any positive emotions when all that can be thought about is revenge.  This feeling of vengeance creeps up inside of a person, constantly making them angry.  Associated with these feelings is a sense of emptiness.  Depression could kick in, there would be no happiness left to hold onto.  Because it is a never ending cycle, these feelings can never go away until you let them.  “The first thing that needs to be realized is that by having the need to hurt somebody, you’re hurting yourself.” (Mikulas 2-3)

Because revenge is used as entertainment in the media,  it is easy to see how it could be justified.  It is thought that vengeance and violence could be warranted any other time they serve a pragmatic good, like the fact that pacifists unfortunately have the wrong idea if they think everything can be talked out with every single person.  Yes, talk and debate and diplomacy should be the first course of action, but some people only understand vengeance and violence and just destroy individuals, families, the nation, whatever, if not fought back. “It’s not healthy, but like any other human needs, it’s also normal.” (Takooshian 2-1) People can take control of these needs for the better.

Since revenge is never justified because it rarely ever serves its true purpose.  It is not justified because it makes everyone miserable, and it definitely is not a long term solution.  Make the decision now to help keep the anger out of today’s society and let the feelings of revenge and vengeance go.  After all, who wants to include a sour, bitter person in their life?

Student Paper Example 3

Period 5

Revenge Essay

December 13th, 2013

Who Will Be Cut Next?

Revenge is a two-edged sword that has no handle, cutting everyone who touches it. In the same ariticle, Do we seek vengence or justice, it states, “The concepts of justice and revenge can be close partners. They are two sides of the same sword, but only one of them can draw blood. The one that can draw blood is Revenge. (Peterson 2) Even though revenge is in our nature, revenge is still dissatisfactory because we will be lost in the cycle of war and violence, it doesn’t cover up a wrong doing, and it causes a lot of stress, . Revenge makes life miserable and create problems for not only ourselves, but others as well. If we pull together to decrease the intrest in revenge we will be better off by decreasing problems in our life.

“If we focus on revenge, we will be lost in the cycle of war and violence. (Peterson 4)” “Rather than provideing closure, revenge does the opposite: It keeps the wound open and fresh.” (Price 3) This means that revenge just comes back to bite. Peope do not generally want to be bitten back after they do something wrong or right. Character traits can change when people are too involved in revenge. Peope can get to far into their plan that they don’t realize the world around them for what is going on. The last reason is, “The latter is a steady, settled holy indignation. Meaning patience.To kill that in ourselves so that we become placid and serene in the midst of great evil is in the evil itself.” This means that if we get so involved in revenge we will kill qualities in ourself like patience and listening to others. These are reasons why we do not want to get in the endless cycle of war and violence because we may never get out. We could get ‘swept out to sea’ if we are not careful in the choices we make.

Revenge does not cover up a wrong doing. It will always still be there. "After I began to realize what drove McVeigh and Nichols, I realized that I didn’t want to let my rage and revenge get out of control like it did with them." (Robinson 3/4) This comes from a story in the article, “Why revenge is bad and good.” It is about a father who lost his daughter in an Oklahoma bombing. People always told him he will want to get revenge. After a few years he began to realize that he didn’t want to act the same way the bombers did. He found something that would help him react in a different way. Experts say, “It’s part of appeal-it gives a wronged party some gratification, even though it is only temporary.” (Robinson 1) As they say, a wronged party may think that they can make life better by getting revenge. But it doesn’t cover it up for long. Last, in the article, “Revenge and the people who seek it,” it says, “People are prone to seek revenge because there is no other way to go around it.”  Now this is a lie. People always have other options like their parents, relatives, neighbors, etc...  People can take their anger out on others by other ways. When someone generally does something wrong they usually have a ‘guilt pit’ forming in their stomach. They think that they can forget about what they have done wrong. Then they try everything from crying to screaming. They then realize that this ‘guilt pit’ will never go away unless they confess to what they have done wrong. They can stress themselves out by thinking about their choice that they made.

Revenge causes a lot of stress in the form of both physical and emotional.  In the article, “Do we seek vengence or justice?” it states, “Beware of the ‘high noon’ rhetoric. We do not want to be the one to stir the pot that is already boiling with emotions.” When people are constantly under stress or thinking about something a lot it tends to show in the way they act and look. If someone is under a lot of stress because they are trying to find a way to seek revenge, they can lose thier hair and start to shake constantly. It also effects someone mentally. They can start to act funny and not get anything accomplished. They will drive themselves insane.  In the article, “Why revenge is bad and good,” it states a story that happened in April of 2013. A boy by the name of Ali Abbas was in a bombing where he lost both of his arms and his parents. He is fitted for prosthetic arms he is contiuing to work through his expirience. He undergoes therapy and is finding ways to take out his desire for revenge another way. He is constantly trying to forgive and forget and move on with his life.

Revenge on the other hand is in our nature. Some people may argue that revenge is healthy and worth the loss. As studies show people are more likely to seek revenge if they are hurt physically or emotionally. Some people just can not help it. They are prone to seek revenge if others do it too. In their minds, they think it makes life easier. Like a shortcut. They do not see the real danger. This is like following 150 sheep off a cliff. Once they are gone, they are gone. Revenge can also be like a drug it feels good for the time being and after a while it becomes awful. Worse than it was before someone gets revenge. People have tried to disguise the wrong of revenge. This is wrong. Media tries to make you  think it will make life better but in reality it will not. They try to get you to do things that you would never really do.

This makes revenge is dissatisfactory because, you will be lost in the cycle of war and violence, it does not cover up a wrong doing it will always be there, and it causes a lot of physical and emotional stress. Stay away from revenge it will make life so much easier. We can make the world a better place.  If we take a stand and stop revenge, the world will be in better hands. They will be kind and loving. Where as now we are wicked and mean. Let us change this by eliminating the desire for revenge. We can prove the people wrong who think that revenge is healthy. We will not be the ones who get addicted to revenge The excuse limit should stay at zero. Let us not let it go any higher. We will keep revenge in the shadows and it will never come out again.

Student Paper Example 2

Mrs. Frandsen

Argument paper

December 5, 2013

Revenge is Yours for the Taking

When a heinous crime is committed against someone I feel that the victim has the right to retaliate, to get revenge.  Why, because just accepting what has happened to you doesn’t make you feel any better about the situation, it does just the opposite.  Plus, when something unthinkable happens to someone its not that easy for people to just get over it and move on.  Also, people take revenge all the time they just claim that it is justice, but what they don’t realize is that justice and revenge are one in the same.  

First off, just accepting what has happened to you does not make you feel any better.  I think a dad named John Foreman knows this all too well.  Why, because in 1983 his son Jason was brutally murdered by Michael Woodmansee.  Woodmansee supposedly ate the boys flesh and shellacked his bones.  That sounds like something that would be worthy of the death penalty to me and I”m sure John felt the same way.  Jason’s killer only got sentenced to 40 years in prison, not even a life sentence.  After serving only 28 years Woodmansee was scheduled to be released for good behavior and maintaining a job while in prison.  When John heard this he stated “If this man is released anywhere in my vicinity, or if I can find him after the fact, I do intend to kill this man.” (Rosenbaum 8)  Can you really blame John for feeling this way? Woodmansee murdered John’s son and he will never get him back.  I personally don’t know what that feels like, but I can only imagine how horrible that feeling has to be.  I’m sure that a person can eventually overcome the sorrow that they feel, but I believe a person would feel substantially better if they knew the person responsible was properly punished and shared their pain and agony.  How would you feel knowing that the man who brutally tortured and killed your son was going to be free to do as he pleased.

Secondly, sometimes people don't realize how hard it can be to forgive and forget.  An example of this is the story of a boy named Ali Abbas, not only did he lose his brother and his parents he lost both his arms in a bombing in Iraq.  Some people said he needed to move past his anger, but how could he when he wakes up everyday knowing he’ll never see his family again. Another reminder of his pain is the fact that with no arms everything he does is more difficult if not impossible.  I believe that the people responsible for Ali’s grief deserve to be punished not set free. Ali should not have to live knowing that the people who took his arms and killed his family are free.  This is another case where revenge or “justice” may help the victim move on with their life.

Thirdly, justice and revenge are one in the same.  A lot of people probably think that revenge is bad and justice is good, in reality there is no difference between these too words.  After 9/11 President Bush said  “All I care about is justice not revenge.” (Rosenbaum 1)  But if justice was sneaking into Pakistan and assassinating Osama Bin Laden for the terrorist acts he committed against our country that sounds a lot like revenge to me.  When Americans received the news Bin Laden was dead, no one was mad that the U.S. had sought revenge, they flooded the streets, cheering and celebrating this act of “justice”.  The thing about not getting revenge is that it’s easy for everyone to tell you, you should move forward and not focus on the atrocity that altered your life.  It’s a lot easier to tell somebody to move on than to actually do it yourself.  Because no one can begin to comprehend the grief and anger someone feels when they have been brutally victimized by another person.  I know for a fact that a lot of people were shocked when John Foreman said he would kill Woodmansee, but I believe most people would have said the same thing if put in that situation.

In some cases people do get over the tragedies that have happened to them like Bob Welch.  Bob’s daughter was one of many who died in a bombing in Oklahoma City in 1995.  He eventually overcame his sorrows before the people responsible for the bombing were punished.  Although, Bob got over his daughter’s death without revenge, other people who lost loved ones in the bombing did not.  The family and friends of the other 167 people who died in the bombing did not move on with their lives like Bob Welch had.  In this case a majority of the victim’s families would most likely be able to move forward in life knowing that the people responsible for the bombing were properly punished. In 2001 the family and friends of the people who had died in the bombing got what they needed. Timothy McVeigh, the person responsible for the Oklahoma City bombing, was executed. This brought the family and friends of the victims the closure that they needed.

In conclusion, revenge is better than just lying on your back and accepting the bad that has happened to you, not taking action can actually make the victim feel worse. In addition, there are times you can never forget what someone has done to you, in situations like Ali’s he is  reminded everyday he no longer has arms or a family. Even though revenge won’t make you forget about the situation, it allows the victim to feel justified.  Furthermore, just because you say it was an act of justice that does not change what it truly is, revenge.  So next time you have to choose between taking revenge or turning the other cheek and moving on I think you know what to do, choose revenge

Student Paper Example 1

Mrs. Frandsen

Argument Essay, Revenge

December 4, 2013

Revenge, the Demon Inside us All

Revenge is something we all want, we all crave the feeling that tells others we are not to be misunderstood or wronged.  When someone trips you in the hall, do you not want to do the same to them?  Revenge is a blinding demon, it doesn’t repair the wrong and it certainly brings more of them and it also makes us near sighted.  Revenge is a terrible monster and it must be stopped.

Revenge has never solved any problems.  The laws of Moses says “An Eye for and Eye, Hand for Hand, Tooth for Tooth”.  I believe that Martin Luther King Jr. and many others put it a better way, “An Eye for an Eye makes the whole world blind”.  When we seek revenge and find it, you are no longer your self.  You are now a slave to a creature convincing you that revenge will bring back the person or thing you have lost.  This is not so.  Revenge cannot bring us together only forgiveness has the ability to do that gracious act.  Many say they don’t want revenge they just want justice.  But what is the difference?  There is only one main difference and that is letting someone else, specifically the law, take vengeance for you.  Jailing a person for an accident doesn’t make it better.  If anything they will want “justice” to be served to you as well.

Revenge is the biggest cause of destruction the world will ever see.  You can’t try to get back at someone without harming others either by accident or because they simple got in your way.  The story of Theresa shows us this in perfect perception.  She had just gone to talk to her boyfriend only to find him with another woman.  Angered and jealous Theresa drove away.  Only an hour later she saw his car driving down the same street.  She immediately rammed him not once but twice.  The car was finally pushed off the road and a very confused looking driver climbed out. Theresa was put under arrest for automobile assault and also discovered that some cars look very much alike.  Theresa was only trying to get revenge for being wronged but, in the process she attacked an innocent bystander who knew nothing of the problem.  In the story of Camelot, King Arthur states a wisely chosen few words.  He says, as he look over the bodies of broken men and animals after a great battle, lamenting revenge “it is the most worthless of causes.”(Shelly,1)  This is a very true statement.  Revenge isn’t for getting back, it is for falling below another.  A study of revenge was conducted by Ian Mckee, at the Adelaide University in Australia.  Him and his colleagues purposely rigged a game so only a few out of many would win.  When they had some of the students play it they were angry witht the ones who were winning.  Mckee gave them a chance at revenge.  Everyone took it.  However afterwards those who did take the chance still lost but were not even happy they had revenge they wished that they could take it back.  Mckee says “People who are more vengeful tend to be those who are motivated by power, by authority and by the desire for status.” (Price,1)

Revenge is fog, so thick it is impossible to plan ahead save for the next few meager steps.  When we visits back to the sad tale of Theresa her hopeless cause for revenge went afoul because her judgment was clouded and she didn’t realize the differences in the cars.  The world has fought over pointless things that have long past saying that it only for justice.  But is it really?  Do we really want “justice” or is it just a way to soften the barbaric form known as revenge?  Revenge cannot show us where to go except down the shadowy path to destruction.  We are so blinded by hatred and the desire to be even we don’t realize what we are doing.   As Martin Luther King Jr. said “An Eye for an Eye make the whole world blind”.  This is one of the most amazing quotes about revenge.  Because revenge truly blinds us sometime physically, but always emotionally.  President Bush told the nation after the 9/11 attack “Ours is a nation that does not seek revenge, but we do seek justice.”  (Rosenbaum, 1-2)  After this speech, he simply took “justice” on the middle east by continuously bombing them.  Is this justice or revenge?  If we didn’t want revenge why did we bomb innocent people to pay for the crimes of a few?   Revenge does not fix the problem.  In fact it only creates bigger ones.

Now I understand that in the early days Revenge was helpful to those kings who wanted more power and didn’t want to be stopped by some little peasant.  It was a way of establishing authority and in some ways they said it was to keep the peace.  But, in those days murdering was seen as “just business”.  People were always being killed over power or because they just didn’t like what someone did to them.   Revenge is a problem not a problem solver.  It has never been an act of mercy only an act of murder and suffering.  It is a terrible choice we make when we choose to take vengeance on someone.  We must all see this through a clear glass, not a smudged window.

Revenge is a beast that we must all subdue otherwise we will be blinded, cause more destruction and we will never be able to fix even the smallest problem.  If we always are thinking about Revenge we will fall into a hole so deep no ladder or rope will be able to bring us out unless we throw down the shovel and ask forgiveness of those we have wronged.  Revenge is an old enemy to mankind since the dawn of time.  He has always been our constant companion waiting to be able to lead us down the wrong path.  The path that ultimately ends in death.


October 4
    Bell Work: How will the world end: Fire and Ice Poem by Robert Frost
    Lesson:  Search for evidence for your Focus Group
    Assignment / Activity  : Read Wonder.  
October 3
    Bell Work: List your top 5 movies of all time.  What does this say about you?  
    Lesson: Discussion Auggies birth defect (Share your research)
    Assignment / Activity: Read Wonder
October 2
    Bell Work: 25 words to create the impression of SAD
    Lesson:  "Space Oddity" and Part 2 Via- Why would the author lead with David Bowie's Song? Compare
    Assignment / Activity:  iPad Research find 5 interesting facts about Auggie's birth defect. 
October 1
    Bell Work: Which "P" word best describes you? 
    Lesson: Notice how the point of view from each character moves the story along.
    Assignment / Activity:  Create a time line for Auggie, Via and Summer.  When do they overlap?  Why.
 September 30
  Bell Work: Describe yourself using only facts.  
    Lesson:  Search for evidence for your Focus Group 
    Assignment/Activity: Read Wonder. 

September 10
    Bell Work: What does Mr. Brown's precept mean to you? 
    Lesson: Read to the end of part one (page 80). Individual reading when finished. 
    Assignment / Activity
September 9
    Bell Work: No Bell Work Today 
    Lesson: Sign on to the Google Chrome Books--Sync passwords / Introduction to the "hook" in your personal essays. 
    Assignment / Activity: Write your hook paragraph in the your google file shared with Mrs. Frandsen (due Friday) 
September 6
    Bell Work:What experience have you had where you were "pushed" into something that you weren't sure of?
    Lesson: Silent read to page 57 in Wonder
    Assignment / Activity
September 5
    Bell Work: Have you ever over heard a conversation where someone was talking about you? 
    Lesson: Figurative Language found in our reading so far....
    Assignment / Activity
September 4
    Bell Work: Vocab Word: Clamor an unpleasant sound or noise. 
    Lesson: Begin reading Part One of Wonder --Out loud; class follows along 
    Assignment / Activity
September 3
    Bell Work: Who is your super hero? Why?     
    Lesson: Figurative language found in Wonder: Euphemism, Allusions, Puns, Idioms, Personification
    Assignment / Activity: Final exam question given to students-- Focus groups assigned  
September 2 Labor Day No School 
August 30
    Bell Work: What is Bullying? How do you feel when you are bullied?  What can you do when someone bullies you?
    Lesson: Videos --Show the graphs (results) from the bully survey. 
    Assignment / Activity
August 29
    Bell Work: How do you feel when you see someone who is disfigured or crippled?
    Lesson: Discussion about Bullying --@ PJHS 
    Assignment / Activity: Complete the Bully Surveys
August 28
    Bell Work:
    Lesson: Sign-on to the iPads 
    Assignment / Activity
August 27
    Bell Work: Vocab word PLETHORA (noun ) excess, abundant
    Lesson: Would YOU Rather
    Assignment / Activity --Introduce ELBOW Partner
August 26
    Bell Work: Vocab word PROLIFIC (adj) abundance, producing a great deal / fertile
    Lesson:  Procedures for Class (Finish) Would YOU Rather
    Assignment /Activity: Present Group Procedure --
August 23
    Bell Work: Vocab word CASTIGATE (verb) to punish or scold
    Procedures for Class - Group Posters--Share with class
August 22 
    Welcome back to school. 
    Bell Work: Create a Metaphor describing your summer.  My summer was ____________ because______.
    Student Does --Teacher Does
    Disclosure Documents  --Review in class, Sign and Return by August 26 (Computer Use Agreement too)

Take your writing beyond the classroom! Submit it to one of these writing contests!
Some offer cash prizes and scholarships!

Susan Frandsen,
Aug 14, 2012, 2:03 PM