Tuesday 24 April 2018

Wrath: Something rotten in this angry state

Elaine Byrne

WRATH is a vengeful anger forged by an irrational and cavernous rage. It manifests itself as an abiding hatred and deep desire to inflict revenge over perceived wrongs. This obsessive loathing towards others blinds truth and ultimately proves self-destructive.

Shakespeare's Hamlet is the written word's ultimate expression of wrath. Prince Hamlet's fanatical vengeance towards his uncle Claudius for the murder of his father eventually causes Hamlet's self-destruction.

We have many reasons to suffer from compulsive wrath. The institutions of authority that governed Ireland with a velvet fist of obligatory deference corrupted themselves. A

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