Vengeance


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Vengeance

Absalom
kills half-brother, Amnon, for raping sister, Tamar. [O. T.: II Samuel 13:28–29]
Acamas
Aeneas’s companion; kills Promachus to avenge brother’s murder. [Gk. Lit.: Iliad]
Acarnan and Amphoterus
enabled by Zeus to grow to manhood in single day to avenge father’s murder. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmer-man, 2]
Achilles
avenges Patroclus’s death by brutally killing Hector. [Gk. Lit.: Iliad]
Agag
mutilated by Samuel to requite Israelite slaughter. [O.T.: I Samuel 15:33]
Ahab, Captain
seeks revenge on whale. [Am. Lit.: Moby Dick]
Alastor
epithet applied to Zeus and others as avenger. [Gk. Myth.: NCE, 49]
Alfio
takes vengeance on Turiddu for adultery with his wife. [Ital. Opera: Mascagni, Cavalleria Rusticana, Westerman, 338–339]
Atreus
cuckolded by brother, serves him his sons for dinner. [Rom. Lit.: Thyestes, Brewer Dictionary, 1081]
Balfour, Ebenezer
takes vengeance on David, whose father stole Ebenezer’s woman. [Brit. Lit.: Kidnapped]
Barabas
his house and riches seized by the governor, murders the governor’s son and others, and betrays the city to the Turks. [Br. Drama: Marlowe The Jew of Malta in Bella, 521]
Calvo, Baldassare
Tito’s aged benefactor, robbed and betrayed by Tito, eventually denounces and strangles him. [Br. Lit.: George Eliot Romola]
Chillingworth, Roger
tortures Dimmesdale for adultery. [Am. Lit.: The Scarlet Letter]
Colomba
will not rest until father’s murder is avenged. [Fr. Lit.: Colomba]
Coppelius
destroys Olympia because of bad check. [Fr. Opera: Offenbach, Tales of Hoffmann, Westerman, 275]
Cousin Bette
deprived of her lover by Baron Hulot, she eventually manages to ruin the family. [Fr. Lit.: Balzac Cousin Bette in Magill I, 166]
cry of blood
innocent victim’s blood calls for justice. [O.T.: Genesis 4:10; Br. Lit.: Richard II]
Dantès, Edmond
uses his wealth to punish those who betrayed him. [Fr. Lit.: Dumas The Count of Monte Cristo]
Dirae
avenging goddesses or Furies. [Rom. Myth.: LLEI,l: 326]
Don Carlos
takes vengeance upon Alvaro, alleged murderer of his father. [Ital. Opera: Verdi, La Forza del Destino, Wester-man, 316–317]
Electra
wreaks vengeance on her father’s murderers. [Gk. Lit.: Electra]
Epigoni, the
sons of the chiefs killed in the siege of Thebes avenge their fathers’ deaths by razing the city. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 318]
eye for an eye
Moses’s lex talionis. [O.T.: Exodus 21:23–25; Leviticus 24:20; Deuteronomy 19:21]
Falke, Dr.
avenges his public humiliation by Eisenstein. [Aust. Operetta: J. Strauss, Die Fledermaus, Westerman, 278]
Furies
horrible avengers of crimes. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 381]
golden cockerel, the
warns the king whenever enemies approach, but kills him when he breaks his promise of a reward. [Russ. Ballet: Coq d’Or in Goode, 78]
Hamlet
spurred on by his father’s ghost, avenges murder of his father. [Br. Lit.: Hamlet]
Hecuba
kills Polymestor’s children and blinds him for his treacherous murder of her son Polydorus. [Gk. Drama: Euripides Hecuba in Benét, 450]
Herodias
spitefully effects decapitation of John the Baptist. [N.T.: Mark 6:19–26]
Hiawatha
adventurous avenger of his father’s wickedness to his mother. [Am. Lit.: Longfellow The Song of Hiawatha in Magill I, 905]
Hieronimo
stages a play that gives him the opportunity to kill his son’s murderers. [Br. Drama: The Spanish Tragedy in Magill II, 990]
Hope, Jefferson
to avenge the murder of his sweetheart by two Mormons, trails them from Utah to London and kills both. [Br. Lit.: Doyle A Study in Scarlet in Sherlock Holmes]
Joab
kills Abner, murderer of his brother. [O.T.: II Samuel 3:27]
Kentucky Tragedy
noted tale of retribution, inspired many works. [Am. Hist.: Benét, 544]
Lisbeth
(Cousin Bette) swears to get back at the Hulots. [Fr. Lit.: Cousin Bette, Magill I, 166–168]
Malta, The Jew of
Christian-hating merchant’s betrayal of Malta. [Br. Lit.: The Jew of Malta]
Medea
uses poisoned nightgown to kill Jason’s new wife. [Fr. Opera: Cherubini, Medea, Westerman, 81]
Montresor
redresses insult by entombing insulter in catacomb niche. [Am. Lit.: Poe “The Cask of Amontillado”]
Nemesis
daughter of Night, brought retribution upon haughty. [Gk. Myth.: Hall, 221]
Orestes
killed his mother and her lover for having murdered his father. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 741]
Pied Piper, the
refused his promised reward for ridding Hamelin of rats, he lures the children away. [Ger. Legend: Benét, 787]
Rigoletto
wreaks vengeance on daughter-seducing Duke of Mantua. [Ital. Opera: Verdi, Rigoletto, Westerman, 300]
Samson
brings down the temple of the Philistines to avenge their blinding of him and dies in the process. [O.T.: Judges 16:28-30]
Sextus
kills Ptolemy for the murder of Pompey. [Br. Opera: Julius Caesar in Egypt, Westerman, 52–53]
Tamora
plots to avenge son by murdering the Andronicus family. [Br. Lit.: Titus Andronicus]
Titus Andronicus
exacts revenge for crimes against his family. [Br. Lit.: Titus Andronicus]
Todd, Sweeney
barber returns to England; takes revenge for false conviction by slitting throats of customers. [Br. Folklore: Misc; Br. Lit.: Sweeney Todd; Am. Musical Theater: Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, in Facts (1979), 292.]
trefoil
traditional symbol of vengeance. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 178]
Zachanassian, Claire
a multi-millionairess, she bribes the villagers to execute the man who was responsible for her shame. [Swiss Drama: Duerrenmatt The Visit in Benét, 1063]
References in classic literature ?
Saint Antoine slept, the Defarges slept: even The Vengeance slept with her starved grocer, and the drum was at rest.
They would have to pass through a tract of country infested by this tribe, who were all horsemen and hard riders, and might pursue them to take vengeance for the death of their comrade.
The sailor, having made sure that Paulvitch had departed, returned to the forecastle, where he hid away his booty and turned into his bunk, while in the cabin that had belonged to the Russian there ticked on and on through the silences of the night the little mechanism in the small black box which held for the unconscious sleepers upon the ill-starred Kincaid the coming vengeance of the thwarted Russian.
Then unsay it," cried she quickly; "say that I was right to wish to have vengeance on the Socman.
Well, well, for your sake I will forgive the Socman and take vengeance on none but on my own wilful self who must needs run into danger's path.
There spoke your true self," said he; "and you will find more pleasure in such forgiveness than in any vengeance.
The way through which our hunters were to pass in pursuit of their game was so beset with briars, that it greatly obstructed their walk, and caused besides such a rustling, that Jones had sufficient warning of their arrival before they could surprize him; nay, indeed, so incapable was Thwackum of concealing his indignation, and such vengeance did he mutter forth every step he took, that this alone must have abundantly satisfied Jones that he was (to use the language of sportsmen) found sitting.
Surely in that moment I should have been possessed by frenzy and have destroyed my miserable existence but that my vow was heard and that I was reserved for vengeance.
At such moments vengeance, that burned within me, died in my heart, and I pursued my path towards the destruction of the daemon more as a task enjoined by heaven, as the mechanical impulse of some power of which I was unconscious, than as the ardent desire of my soul.
Yet at the idea that the fiend should live and be triumphant, my rage and vengeance returned, and like a mighty tide, overwhelmed every other feeling.
If I do, swear to me, Walton, that he shall not escape, that you will seek him and satisfy my vengeance in his death.
Yet he enjoys one comfort, the offspring of solitude and delirium; he believes that when in dreams he holds converse with his friends and derives from that communion consolation for his miseries or excitements to his vengeance, that they are not the creations of his fancy, but the beings themselves who visit him from the regions of a remote world.