Revenge Opinionnaire from Classroom Notes Plus, January 2000
____ 1. One should always forgive and forget.
____ 2. If you do not seek revenge on those who are cruel to you, you will invite others to be cruel to you.
____ 3. Only a madman would kill someone to avenge a wrong.
____ 4. Forgive, but never forget.
____ 5. An eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth.
____ 6. There is nothing like sweet revenge.
____ 7. Having feelings of revenge is normal, but acting on those feelings is something else.
____ 8. It is always best to turn the other cheek.
____ 9. People who are cruel or mean deserve a taste of their own medicine.
____10. An unavenged wrong is like a festering sore.
____11. There is nothing wrong with seeking revenge against someone who has really hurt you.
____12. Only a coward would fail to seek revenge when someone has wronged them.
____13. Smart people seek revenge only when they are certain they can get away with it.
____14. Two wrongs do not make a right.
____15. The trouble with seeking revenge is that it will come back to haunt you.
____16. If someone insults your honor, you must seek revenge.
____17. If more people would try to resolve differences by talking, we would have a lot less violence.
____18. No matter what the cause, revenge is never justified.
Fill out the Revenge Opinionnaire. Then, reread the last half of Act IV, Scene III and write a journal entry
that addresses some of the following questions. Start around line 205, where Ross says, "Your castle is
surprised, your wife and babes savagely slaughtered." Malcolm tells Macduff, "Be comforted. Let's make
med'cines of our great revenge to cure this deadly grief" (IV.iii.216-18), and "Dispute it like a man"
(IV.iii.223). What will their "great revenge" be? What is your reaction to Macduff's response: "I shall do
so. But I must also feel it as a man." What advice you would give Macduff if you were Malcolm?