This semester in American Literature I have read and analyzed various literary works. The reoccurring theme throughout the works is violence. I have came to the conclusion that the significance of violence throughout the various works is that the group or individual singled out throughout the works is the victim of violence because the enemy has something to gain from the victim. The literary works, Caged Bird, Giving Blood, Sand Creek, and An Episode of War demonstrate this.
Violence has been on movies since the beginning of the film industry. Violence in movies has been increasing over the years. A normal average american watches about five hours of video each day;which equals out to 98% of people watching traditional television. That is nearly two thirds of TV programs containing crimes and violence. Even video games for children now have violence and harsh crimes in them. According to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics during 2001 and 2010 the violent crime rates went down by 40%. In 2011 the violent crime rate increased from 22.6 victims per 1,000 persons aging 12 and older to 26.1 in 2012. These statistics of the violent crimes are for rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated and simple assault.
Movies and Violence
Before a person reaches the age of 18 they will have witnessed over 40,000 murders, and over 400,000 other acts of violence. One research study concluded that just one hour of television everyday will increase the chances of a person committing an act of violence by four times. Violence depicted in movies will leave an impression on the viewer and the feelings they had about violence will slowly and subtly begin to change as the person becomes desensitized to violence.
Mass media is a major influence that causes violence in youth culture. According to Hoffman, studies show that children experience an incredible number of violent acts per hour of watching television (Hoffman 11). The advancement in technology such as video games and televisions have aimed children to watch shows with numerous violent scenes. In making this comment, one can infer that violence is becoming a common and unexceptional act for which one can learn that violence is an accepted act in our society (12). Personally, I agree with Hoffman. I visited a websit...
Gerard Jones’s article “Violent Media is Good for Kids” is a strong argument for letting violence into the lives of children. Gerard Jones is an American comic book author and currently teaches writing classes, and tells tales of how violent media made him into the person he is today. Gerard says that violence is useful to a developing child, it is not only an outlet for rage, but a forceful drive that will bring a child into adulthood, and gives examples of people he as seen go through situations violence has improved. However, he does admit that there are instances where violent media has driven people to actual violence, but argues that the improved lives far outweigh the worsened lives.
In a 2002 report out of 37 reported acts of violence, over half of them showed an interest in violence through some type of media.They learn from the media they use and can teach them to be violent. It shows the actions without the repercussions of the act . It desensitizes people from violence, which distorts their reality.Media provides an outlet for violence, this can lead to violence in the real world.
On average, most U.S. homes watch six hours and forty-seven minutes of television a day with a total of two hundred fifty billion hours watched by all Americans annually, according to the CSUN University. In fact, it is also proven that a child witnesses 8,000 murders on television by the time they graduate elementary school and 200,000 violent acts by the age of eighteen (Herr). This issue about how television can make you violent and aggressive has been recently populating around the world. Because of this, many people are becoming belligerent and numb to their milieu.
An Analysis of Power and Violence in Literature
Violence and power are both significant sources of conflict in the world we currently live in. Large animals exert their power over smaller ones through violence and through their consumption. In this example, we find the food chain. Humankind exerts their power through violence and power in a similar way, creating a hierarchy of power. Although not all violence is physical, it is still used to obtain control of another person or situation.
There are twelve main things that have been being studied in depth lately by sociologists. They include: spanking, child abuse, spouse abuse, the punishment for the offenders, gun control, the media’s affect on violence, the role sports play in violence, the role religion plays in violence, pacifism, and international violence. My paper will discuss each of these aspects as well as my opinions and state some facts. Before I can say how I feel, I think there is a need to define violence, aggressiveness, and assertiveness and explain the difference between them. Violence is a physical act that intends to harm or hurt another person. Violence includes many things; such as, hitting, punching, biting, killing, stabbing, shoving, and so much more.
It is easy to interpret that the world is more violent today than in the past, when violence is present on many television and radio channels and dispersed so liberally throughout the internet. The truth of the matter, however, is that physical violence has always been a part of our lives. Beginning with the first murder in the Bible by Cain, an early example of violence in literature, physical violence has often been a part of what one reads. In comparing the novel Maggie: A Girl of the Streets by Stephen Crane, and the novel Deadwood Dick’s Doom by Edward Wheeler, one can see that both novels portray many types of physical violence, that there is not necessarily a relationship between the physical violence and low-socioeconomic standing of a person, and that these acts are perceived as commonplace.