In class, the idea of revenge vs. justice was brought up a little bit, so I started to think about the idea when deciding what to post about. In the play, Prospero sees the tempest he creates and the punishment he has dreamed of for his brother and the men that sent him away as justice, while as readers it comes off more as revenge (at least for me). He is solely focused on bringing pain to those who brought pain to him. The difference between revenge and justice is that revenge is the action of inflicting hurt or harm on someone for an injury or wrong while justice is merely administering what is fair and reasonable. So, determining whether the action is revenge or justice is based off of opinion. This idea of revenge vs. justice also came up in The Scarlet Letter with Chillingworth. Although he may have seen it as justice, it was clear to us that his actions were out of revenge.

– McClain