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Final Research Paper - Joshua Huver 10 April, 2008 ENG 1120...

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Joshua Huver 10 April, 2008 ENG 1120 Wayne Johns A Look at the Reasonable Use of Violence in American Writing to Gain Redemption In America, people are bludgeoned day in and day out with graphic, unnecessary violence via favorite television shows, video games, and local newspapers. The truthfulness of this fact causes many people to believe that all violence therefore is intrinsically no good, which is certainly not true. “Violence isn’t always evil. What’s evil is the infatuation with it” (Morrison). There is such a concept as necessary violence, a violence which serves as a vehicle to a story, or a movie, or a song; a violence that said media cannot be completely understood without. Two specific examples of this stylized violence can be found in fiction writer Flannery O’Connor’s 1955 work “A Good Man is Hard To Find,” and also in the film debut of writer Quentin Tarantino in 1992’s “Reservoir Dogs.” Throughout each work, both O’Connor and Tarantino downplay the graphic and horrific violence being portrayed by literally infusing their violence within the storyline and lessening the effect on the reader or viewer by wrapping it around a comical or harmless action and eventually leading the reader, viewer, or a character in the story, to a needed self redemption. Everybody has people in their lives that are the ‘old fashioned’ and typically stuck up type of people. Usually these are the extremely conservative and savvy older people
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who think they are the bee’s knees. When Flannery O’Connor wrote “A Good Man is Hard To Find,” she formed the character of the grandmother after this stereotype. Throughout the story, the grandmother is trying to persuade the rest of the family to make their decisions based on what she wants to do. On the contrary to what the grandmother represents is The Misfit, a calm, cool, and anti-pretentious man who is as proper as the grandmother pretends to be. At the end of the story the two opposites meet during a deep conversational standoff surrounded by the systematic murder of the grandmother’s family by the Misfit’s henchmen. The way that O’Connor flawlessly braids the outright murder of the grandmother’s family into a deep and morally redeeming conversation is outstanding. On the one hand is the grandmother; an odd character who when she can’t get what she wants out of a situation, pretends like the alternative was almost a better decision and acts just as pompously as if she had wanted to do it in the first place. When the family decides to travel to Florida rather than east Tennessee like the grandmother wanted to do, “the grandmother was the first one in the car, ready to go” (O’Connor 1031). All along the story the grandmother has a certain air to her. She carries herself as if she is the most important person to ever grace one’s company, and that she is simple and good of heart, when in reality she is complex and incredibly conniving. She is a woman who is lost
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This note was uploaded on 05/07/2008 for the course ENG 1120 taught by Professor Waynejohns;staff during the Spring '08 term at Greensboro College.

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