Literature's Effect On Violence And Violence In Literature

analytical Essay
1641 words
1641 words

Violence in Literature Have you ever wondered if literature has an effect on people that read it? Well I believe it does and violence in literature has a negative effect on the people who allow themselves to be susceptible to it. People who read violent literature, or see violent media are more likely to break laws and commit horrible deeds and may even go so far as murdering someone. There is so much violence in this world already, which is why I don’t understand why authors of books, tv shows and movies continue to write graphic, aggressive events that seem realistic. All that is doing is giving people who are emotionally unstable ideas about committing violent acts. In many respects, twentieth century literature defined itself by reflecting the prevalent violence of modern society from the destruction of large-scale of murder, rape and abuse. Critics of modern literature have generally attributed this trend to both the sensational appeal of violent behavior and its …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that violence is a universal phenomenon within human society that is difficult to define and discuss, but it deserves attention because it is very widespread.
  • Analyzes how frohock's novel, the novel of violence in america, distinguishes between two kinds of violence. the first is typical of novels that depict human beings using time, while the second is awash in time.
  • Explains that researchers have investigated the impact of violence in the media on individuals for over five decades. the research has come in response to public concern over nationally spotlighted tragedies like the columbine school shootings.
  • Opines that violence in literature has affected individuals in a negative way, making horrific acts seem intriguing to the point where they want to participate in carrying out ferocious acts.
  • Argues that violence in literature has a negative effect on people who allow themselves to be susceptible to it.

Etymologically, “violence” is akin to “violate” and thus is suggestive of damage and destruction that would characterize a violent storm or a traumatic experience such as rape, terrorism, or war. Though the concept of violence has always intrigued philosophers, psychologists, and literary artists, it is only in the 20th century that it has gained currency in most cultural discourses. While the concept of violence itself has undergone considerable philosophical analyses since ancient times, thus far there has been no consensus about its precise character. Simply put, violence is the overt physical manifestation of force on individuals, groups, or nations. Broadly speaking, racism, sexism, economic exploitation, and ethnic and religious persecution are all possible sources of violence involving constraints that abuse people psychologically, if not physically. (“Literary Violence”

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