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COMM 170 Lecture 10: Violence and

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Aparna Halpe

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COMM 170 Lecture 10: Violence and
Human Nature

Daring the nightmare...
What is the main argument of Stephen King's "Why We Crave Horror Movies"?

Do you agree with King, that we are all basically aggressive beasts that have learned to behave?
What does King mean when he says that horror movies are conservative?
Nature vs Nurture
Victor, the wild boy of Aveyron (1797 -- 1828)..
Let's read the opening paragraph's of King's essay.

What figure of speech is he using here?
The Narrative Voice
Is King's essay narrated in 1st person or 3rd person?

How do you characterize the narrator's tone of voice?

What kind of diction does the narrator use?

Does this make him more likable?
After almost 20 years of education, the only words the wild child ever acquired were those for milk, and the swear word
"My God!"
Despite being the closest example to a savage human, Victor never displayed wanton aggression.
Robyn "Cobrastyle"
Rita Schindler, "Thanks For Not Killing My Son."
In pairs, please answer the following questions:
1. What's the narrative pt-of-view? (1st person or 3rd person).
2. How does Schindler use imagery?
3. Why does she say thank you?
If we follow Stephen King's theory that we are all beasts inside, what do we make of the fact that Schindler's son rejects ideas of revenge that his friends put forward?
In pairs, please compare the essays by Schindler and King based on the following topics:
1. Narrative voice (pt-of-view and tone of voice).
2. The use of imagery.
3. The presence/absence of figurative language.

Does one essay do a better job at communicating its message to you?
Explain why.
Gators in the Basement.
Please read the final passage of King's essay.

What is the metaphor he sets up?

Is it an effective way to communicate his argument?
Take Home Essay Abstract & Sources Workshop

2pac, "Dumpin"
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