“If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?” – William Shakespeare. Our passion for revenge is strong and sometimes almost overwhelming. However our visceral logic about it is often twisted, conflicted, and dangerous. Why do we humans even seek it? Revenge is a primitive, destructive, it is simply a misguided attempt to transform shame into pride, which leads to prolonged and escalated violence. We’ve all been taught from young that revenge is impractical and almost useless, and should always choose another path; but this is not the case for Alex Rider.
The book “Stormbreaker” is a fast-paced thriller novel set in the modern age. The whole story revolves around the mysterious disappearance of his uncle, Ian; and Alex Rider trying to hunt down the people who killed his only family member; clearly setting the theme of “Revenge”. “He had followed the trail left by a dead man. It was only now that he realised it might lead only to a grave.” (Horwitz 241) For presenting and expressing my knowledge of the theme, I’ve written a poem in a first person account about Alex’s thoughts, emotions, and his journey to seek revenge. To create this visual poem, I’ve used the program Photoshop to add a backdrop and arrange the texts to my desired areas. I decided to use a picture of Alex rider on a motorcycle, escaping form Herod Sayle’s compound, and being picked up by M16. In the first stanza of the poem, I’ve decided to use a question, in order to express “my” thoughts: what gives me the reason not to seek revenge. For the first two parts, “I” am still uncovering everything and planing my revenge. But at the last part, “I” decided to go for it, and finally got revenge.