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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?

Comments

keerawa
Jun. 17th, 2006 04:13 am (UTC)
Good point about Horton!

He, along with Xavier and Kalas, were both good vengeance targets and an immediate threat.

But killing James Horton ... the first time Mac "killed" Horton, he was willing to show mercy, at least for his daughter's sake. By the last time, it was well and truly PERSONAL.
killabeez
Jun. 17th, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
the first time Mac "killed" Horton, he was willing to show mercy

Man, yes. And how much did he beat himself up over that later, I wonder?
beccadg
Jun. 18th, 2006 05:09 am (UTC)
He, along with Xavier and Kalas, were both good vengeance targets and an immediate threat.

*Nods.* Yeah, I was going to say Xavier was like Kalas in that Duncan got to be protective and get revenge by taking them out. I hadn't even thought of Horton, but of course he's in there too.