English Essay #3 - Gude1 Savannah Gude Mr Khajavipour English 100 Freshman Composition 18 November 2018 Culture of Violence The novel ​The End of

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Gude1 Savannah Gude Mr. Khajavipour English 100: Freshman Composition 18 November 2018 Culture of Violence The novel, The End of Eddy by Édouard Louis, presents the author in adolescence with vignettes of his life in a small village controlled by a set of expectational violence. The vignettes of nonage, present themselves with brutal honesty of his queer world, ordered in a format debuting the violent, obscene, and vivid years leading up to a great and strong man. This novel is set in Hallencourt, France depicting a rural and industrial based community, surrounded by poverty. This novel allows the audience to experience what it could be like for a queer individual in a place of constant hate, eliciting emotional responses, enabling the reader to fully comprehend the hardships of life. Eddy endures countless forms of oppression because he doesn’t conform to society's expectations. His effeminate actions, expressions, and overall identity sets him apart from the rest of the community, laying victim to oppressive forms of verbal, physical, and emotional abuse. Through violence, society conforms to a social norm of toxic viewpoints of masculine identities. Men in the village are expected to act, feel, and perform an expression of “toughness”. Without the armor a tough manner provides, society rejects anything not defined by society, thus oppressing people of nonconformity. In the New Yorkers review, the author enlightens readers of the novel to the pattern of violence Eddy endures and shows the positive side of Eddy’s life , arguing society's pressures can lead many to conform to
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Gude2 the expectations adjusted by society but, “queerness is the key that springs Eddy from the various cycles—of poverty, of alcoholism, of violence—that he sees as determining life in the village (Greenwell 3).” Louis writes with a contradictory viewpoint, forcing the reader to conclude themselves. Influencing the audience to critically analyze hypermasculinity contributing to or forming the structure of how society produces violent behavior. Louis examines the multitude of violence due to the poverty-stricken social norms, influenced by community-based institutions that uphold these very norms. In The End Of Eddy, Louis explores the roles of poverty and violence and how it impacts society, individually and as a whole, revealing a society based on expectations of conformity and influenced by generational legacies, thus invoking self-doubt and cycles of inescapable systematic violent oppression to those who don't conform.
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