In Heinrich von Kleist's, Michael Kohlhaas, Kleist describes Michael Kohlhaas, a horse-dealer, and his harsh story of vengeance. The death of his wife followed by an injustice makes Kohlhaas swear revenge against Junker Wenzel Von Tronka. The story of Michael Kohlhaas portrays the struggle for justice of him with the corrupt authorities. "When the horse-dealer handed him the letter without a word, this worthy man, who knew about the abominable injustice committed against him.
" (128) Kleist describes Kohlhass life as treated unjustly and he will have to fight to find happiness again. Kleist portrays Michael Kohlhass attitude of vengeance derived from his impulsiveness instead of acting rational and thoughtful which will seem to turn into a personal revenge. Kohlhaas seeks for vengeance because he feels that it is the only way that he can satisfy the suffering, he uses vindictive emotions such as anger, resentment, outrage and hatred towards Von Tronka.
An example can be found in the quote, "he assaulted the castle with this handful of men, riding the toll-keeper and the guard who were standing in conversation in the gateway. They set fire to every outhouse in the cartilage, and as these burst into flames Kohlhaas rushed into the castle… Kohlhaas entered the hall, seized Junker Hans Von Tronka, as he came towards him, by the jerkin and hurled him into a corner, dashing his brains against the stones. " (138) Michael searches for Van Tronka but this one has escaped, when Kohlhaas realizes Tronka escaped he acts with fury and burns down the castle.
Michael Kohlhaas has been blinded by his passion for vengeance and he is acting shameful. In this moment of the story Martin Luther becomes an important character, he tells Kohlhaas to end with his rampage of rage, "Kohlhaas, you claim to have been sent to weild the sword of justice, but what are you presuming to do In the insanity of your blind passion, you who from head to foot are the very embodiment injustice… can you claim that you have been refused justice, when with your savage heart lusting for base personal vengeance.
" (149) At this point it seems like Kohlhaas has been overtaken by his passion and forgot to search for justice, it appears like it has turned into a personal revenge against Von Tronka. Michael Kohlhaas has his dream come true and finds peace. Michael's lawyer tells him that Von Tronka has finally been sentenced to go to jail. Kohlhaas feels like "his dearest wish on earth had been fulfilled. " (212) Later on, Kohlhaas is killed, but he said that he was able to die happy because there was finally justice. In Kleist story Michael Kohlhaas tries to find a way of vengeance thinking it is justifiable, which led him to his death.