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Violence makes the world go 'round

Foster (6-9, 11, 14) -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study) "Violence is everywhere in literature."

Think about it. Can you think of a novel that hasn't been driven by violent acts? It could be specific injury to the characters, or narrative violence that causes characters harm in general. Like Foster says, violence is one of the most "personal and even intimate acts between human beings." Think about that as well. Violence isn't just random. It has motivation, whether direct or indirect to the victim. Books thrive off of this. Face it. It sets up stories, (Who dun' it? or OMG, A SERIAL KILLER IS IN MY FRIDGE!) and it can end them as well. Violence will always be kind of taboo to each one of us, but we are all faced with it. Whether it be in literature, or in real life, we face it every day. We are just too used to it to see it.


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I agree. There really isn't a novel that doesn't have violence. It is probably because we face it everyday, as you said, that this is the case.

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