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Chapter 11: More than Its Gonna Hurt You: Concerning Violence

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Timothy Swanson

on 11 October 2012

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Transcript of Chapter 11: More than Its Gonna Hurt You: Concerning Violence

More Than It's Gonna Hurt You:
Concerning Violence Chapter 11 Violence is any kind of personal and intimate act between human beings.
Can be cultural or societal in its implications
In Literature, violence can also be perceived as allegorical, biblical, Romantic, Shakespearean, symbolic, thematic, and transcendent. What is Violence? In literature, violence is everywhere
Literal violence often has a broader point about a possibly hostile relationship that humans and the universe share.
Sometimes the universe will be interested with our demise
Despite this, the universe rarely cares whether we live or die. Violence in Literature In literature there are two types of violence
The first is narrative violence that causes harm to the character(s)
The second is the injury that the authors cause their characters to visit each other or within themselves. Types of Violence In Literature This is the violence that is considered aggressive violence by normal standards
Includes stabbings, shootings, drowning's, bombings, hit-and-run car accidents, bludgeoning, starvation, etc.
Usually indicative of jealousy and anger
Influenced by character motives Injury Violence Also perceived as authoritative violence
The authors, not the characters, are responsible for the violence
The violence may seem random or spontaneous
Most narrative violence includes death and suffering
Main point is to interest plot advancement or to develop the theme. Narrative Violence Another use of violence in literature is death
Death is very common in literature
Authors use death to catalyze action, complicate plots, end a complicated plot, and put a group of characters under stress. Other Uses of Violence Accidents occur all the time in real life
In literature, accidents don’t exist.
Accidents are accidents only inside the novel
Outside of the novel the accidents are plotted, planned, and carefully executed to contribute to the story.
Accidents are one of the best ways to show that violence is rarely ever introduced straightforwardly. Accidents Deciphering Violence Discerning the purpose of the violence in literature is rarely easy, as there are infinite meanings
With this in mind, reader have no choice other than to accept violence and then try to figure out what it means.
Readers have to ask questions as violence may involve spiritual crises, psychological dilemmas, and historical, social, or political concerns. Examples of Violence One example of how violence encodes meaning is the depiction of Tom Robinson as a rapist in To Kill a Mockingbird.
Tom is accused of rape, and while obviously innocent of the accusation, is found guilty.
The violence is the rape that Robinson is accused of committing. It’s used to show the racial attitudes towards African-Americans during the time period, in the small Alabama town.
Shows a social concern, where racial discrimination dominated the lives of the people in the town Other Kinds of Violence Some exceptions to this are mystery novels
Unless the death is necessary to the plot, readers generally don’t even notice deaths
This is because mysteries seem to have a lack of density and are layers that are peeled off as the story progresses.
Foster, Thomas. "More Than Its Gonna Hurt You: Concerning Violence." How to Read Literature Like a Professor. New York: Harper-Collins Publishers Inc., 2003. 87-96. Print.
Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. New York City: J. B. Lippincott
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