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An Essay Exploring the Concepts of Revenge as Seen in Clint Eastwood's Film Invictus and David Malouf's Novel Ransom

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This is an essay useful for Year 12 students studying Invictus and Ransom for the comparative section of English 3/4.

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An Essay Exploring the Concepts of Revenge as Seen in Clint Eastwood's Film Invictus and David Malouf's Novel Ransom
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Film Greek mythology LGBT themes in mythology Trojans Trojan War English-language films Achilles Hector Invictus Ransom Achilleis Nelson Mandela David Malouf Mandela Ransom Eastwood
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Film Greek mythology LGBT themes in mythology Trojans Trojan War English-language films Achilles Hector Invictus Ransom Achilleis Nelson Mandela David Malouf Mandela Ransom Eastwood
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Both authors explore vastly different societies caught in the grip of calamity – Troy facing destruction, and a post-apartheid South Africa navigating an uncertain future – and suggest that the pursual of revenge universally results in a hollow and unavailing experience of life. In both texts, notions of vengeance and revenge are demonstrated to taint one’s capacity to lead effectively. The cycle of rage and retaliation is presented to be so consuming that its indulgence even precludes connection on a wholly human level. Forgiveness and mercy, meanwhile, are contrastingly depicted as the proper paths to absolution. It is ultimately suggested that “revenge only begets revenge”, whilst “forgiveness is essential”. Revenge is demonstrated to be a sinister and shallow pursuit in both Ransom and Invictus. Malouf primarily expre...
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