Violence: It's Deep

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How to Read Literature Like a Professor - Foster
"Violence in literature, though, while it is literal, is usually also something else. That same punch in the nose may be a metaphor." (pg. 88)

This line caught my attention, mainly because it is so true. On the surface, it seems like just a fight. But there is true meaning to most fights in literature. Say, if two brothers start to punch each other after dinner, it isn't because they just don't like each other. It could be over an issue at dinner, or a symbol of their family dynamic. There are so many possibilities. I'll definitely look more deeply into scenes of violence now. 


Jennifer Prex said:

I agree. There is a purpose to just about everything in literature, even if it isn't a big purpose. Otherwise, a fight would just be a fight. It has more meaning if the fight is about something more.

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