In Literature, Violence is more than just causing Pain.

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After reading chapter 11 of How to Read Literature Like a Professor, the sections on violence stood out to me.  This section stood out in particular:

"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. If someone punches you in the nose in a supermarket parking lot, it's simply aggression.  It doesn't contain meaning beyond the act itself.  Violence in literature, though, while it is literal, is usually also something else.  Tha same punch in the nose may be a metaphor." (Roberts 221).

This idea of violence is similar to Robert's idea about weather and how in literature it is much more than that.  If you recall, rain isn't just rain, it can stand for cleansing if a character is walking home in it soaking wet.  Anyways, violence is the same way.  In real life, most violence is spur the moment and based on anger and being heated in the moment, but in literature violence is carefully planned and executed by the author.  Perhaps in a novel we have two characters, one character is the protagonist who is constantly oppressed by something.  The antagonist could be a contributor in this oppression.  If the protagonist punches the antagonist it is not only seen as agression towards that individual, but also towards the oppressor, and even moreso towards oppression as a whole. 

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