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Vengeance vs. Forgiveness

I've been reading recent threads on MacLeod, and the question of whether he judges others. My own question, inspired by a vid idea that is eating my brain, has to do with vengeance.

I'm not concerned with MacLeod killing Immortals for being a threat to Mortals right now. I want to look at his response when another person has harmed him or people he cares about. I welcome any form of response and discussion, up to pelting with gummy bears. But I'm going to start the conversation with a simple list of cases in which it seems to me he responded with vengeance, and times he did not.

Vengeance on:
Kanwulf for the death of Ian MacLeod
Earl of Rosemont for the massacres after Culloden
Kern for the death of Little Deer
Xavier for killing Hamza El Kahir

Forgiveness of:
Kage with personal betrayal and the deaths of the nuns and orphans
the Mortal boy who killed Tessa
possibly Methos ("I want him to live!")

a bit of both for:
Haresh Clay for the killing of Graham Ashe

Ideas? Comments?


Jun. 17th, 2006 02:42 am (UTC)
I believe that initially Joe asked Duncan for help in finding the guy who killed Lauren. So he could take it from there, if the police were going to be ineffective. Even after he found out Durgan was Immortal, Joe was going to go after him. Duncan convinced Joe to leave the comeuppance to him, and planned with Amanda to steal the Cross of St. Antoine. It didn't come to swords until after Joe was abducted. And Durgan did have a track record of murdering mortals, beyond Lauren--the priest, the schoolteacher.

This encounter might weigh in more on Protector!Duncan's side than Vengeful!Duncan.
Jun. 17th, 2006 04:30 am (UTC)
I agree that it was more about protecting Joe than vengeance. Durgan's death also felt, oddly enough, like a favor for a friend.