"Violence is one of the most personal and even intimate acts between human beings, but it can also be cultural and societal in its implications. It can be symbolic, thematic, biblical, Shakespearean, Romantic, allegorical, transcendent. Violence in real life just is."
After reading this quote within Chapter 14 of Foster's book, I felt that it was a very true statement. This quote can be compared to O' Connor's first short story. "The Misfit's" knew that violence was bad, but still did it. As like all humans know, violence is bad, but they still do it. It seems that as time passes, violence does not diminish, but seems to grow. As in literature and many poems, violence plays a role. This seems to be an important role because it has a lot of symbolism, Shakespearean, Romantic, and many other types of connections. The violence that was conducted by "The Misfit's" was not necessary, but played a role in the development of the story. Overall, no matter what type of violence it is the act that is being conducted is either personal or intimate in real life or in literature.