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EL 266 Foster-Ch 11 Violence as a means of literature

"Violence in literature, though, while it is literal, is usually something else." (Foster) p.88

Violence can be construed as physical, but in the literary world, the word is more symbolic. I think the word always, no matter the means, ends up in a tragedy. Getting your nose punched in a bar would constitute violence, but in literary terms, getting your nose punched may mean that one of the character's senses has given out on them. There is always some sort of hurt or loss involved, rather physically or metaphorically.

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