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September 1, 2012

William Hazlitt's "On the Pleasure of Hating" Essay Paper

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There have been some books that have changed human perception of interacting with things. Out of one such, William Hazlitt’s ‘On the Pleasure of Hating’, promises to indulge one’s mind in changing his/her perception of foreseeing things in a yet different way.
The author’s way of expressing this ‘pleasure of hating’ ,that being the context of his study, did reflect a lot about how things should be thought in a realistic way, and, later how they then can be further thought, in such a way, that makes a person even feel the pleasure of hating. Even though the author’s work was seen as holding solid grounds, when his viewpoints were defended through series of examples, the extent to which everything is taken by author in a yet pessimist way, at times was seen of reflecting much of authors personal life experiences, rather than what the society members (including me) would feel in general.  
On the contrary, if it was not this, then, linking every living creature of how pleasures of hatred are observed within them, did make it easy to understand the context of this study, but, in a practical way, did left a lot of ambiguity, when linkage of authors examples with the real life examples was seen to be done by me.  Starting from, not every individual would consider hate, as a pleasure, as for most, hate would remain the way it was and be more what avoided, along with this, not everyone would consider life like a stagnant pool when no bad is left in life, as most would for sure dream to have a life with no hatred and leave their live flourish like an Eden garden.
However apart from this, the author’s thinking in defining hatred takes a number of forms, from subjective to imaginative to even more personal.
This can be seen when author describes his level of hatred for a spider that enters the room with ‘I bear the creature no ill-will, but still I hate the very sight of it’. This line stating as not every individual would have the same level of hatred for spiders as compared to what the author felt at that time, thus a rather more personal hatred. Followed by this author’s imaginative viewpoint for hatred that states, ‘Pain is a bittersweet, wants variety and spirit. Love turns, with a little indulgence, to indifference or disgust: hatred alone is immortal’. This imaginative thinking for sure leaves others to further brainstorm over what is stated but still leaves a lot with lot of ambiguity of whether the truth of this statement can be weighted practically or not. And finally the subjective nature of hatred, that can be picked best from this line ‘The pleasure of hating, like a poisonous mineral, eats into the heart of religion, and turns it to rankling spleen and bigotry; it makes patriotism an excuse for carrying fire, pestilence, and famine into other lands. This thus elaborates over the in-depth viewpoints of author, over how hatred can be seen as being best fit in a number of situations and that later holds a debate of its own.
In conclusion, it can be said that the constructive arguments and lot of examples as seen to be shared by author, in this study, offered in knowing a lot, that is the pleasure of hatred, but to a certain extent also left a lot of ambiguity, over his pessimist approach, that for me elaborated too much over the negative aspects rather than positive aspects of life.


  1. Thanks so much, this is an excellent essay!