Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting

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"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." (Foster 88)

If you've ever read Shakespeare or seen a Martin Scorcese film you already know the use of violence as a creative tool.  It can be used to incite sadness at the loss of a great hero or it can be the elation felt after the bad guy gets whats coming to him.  Violence is perhaps the most sure-fire way to incite an emotional response in the reader.  However an act of violence can also be symbolic of something far greater then simply one character beating another to a bloody pulp, it could be a particular character collapsing under terrible pressures and lossing his or her reason or it could be a culmination of a series of trying or tragic events.  Violence is one of the most useful tools in any writer's arsenal. 

http://jerz.setonhill.edu/EL266/2009/09/foster_how_to_read_literature_3/

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