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P5 violence - 13 November 2008 Societal Violence Who to...

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13 November 2008 Societal Violence: Who to Blame? Violence spills into the world we live in today on a daily basis. It is an inevitable outcome of a society of people with dissimilar and intertwining thoughts, ideas, and feelings. For most, the definition of violence would be a physical act of aggression or an interaction by the use of force. However, this definition is incomplete, as violence also refers to the abusive use of power and the distortion of injury to a concept. In “An Army of One: Me ,” author Jean Twenge explores the roots of narcissism and its focus on the darker side of self-esteem. She demonstrates how excessive high self-esteem can lead to hostility and can eventually have regretful outcomes. Likewise in “The Naked Citadel,” Susan Faludi explores The Citadel atmosphere and the cadets that encompass it. She illustrates how high levels of masculinity can also have appalling consequences, which include physical abuse and sexist ideas. Furthermore, Beth Loffreda also seeks to explore the meaning and causes of violence that came upon the University of Laramie’s’ student, Matt Shepard in the Selections from “Losing Matt Shepard: Life and Politics in the Aftermath of Anti-Gay Murder.” In this article, an anti-gay murder leads the identity of an individual, along with the town’s reputation, to be misinterpreted. Matt was a gay student who justified the destructive effect that violence causes just because he was classified as a homosexual. Society instills such negative thoughts and feelings into people, which eventually lead to violence. Moreover, violence shapes identity formation in harmful ways that can produce negative connotations and stereotypes; Twenge, Faludi and Loffreda all examine the causes and effects of this and how society plays an imperative role in regards.
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2 Consequences of violence are a main aspect of life today. Twenge reveals that high self-esteem can take its toll on a person. There are many consequences that arise when dealing solely with the concentration on the self. Narcissism is the highest tier in the stages of high self-esteem. It has many damaging and violent consequences that one may encounter. “Narcissism is the darker side of the focus on the self” (Twenge 775). Usually, self-esteem is taught to be a good aspect of one’s self, but excessive amounts, with no reasonable cause, as Twenge shows, is exceedingly adverse. Faludi also demonstrates that excessive masculinity also has its share of consequences. From aggressive behavior to negative feelings against females, too much masculinity can make one tremendously hostile. A perfect example, as Faludi depicts, are the cadets in the public military based school, The Citadel. Their overall mentality of sole masculinity has eventually taken over their lives and minds, as they try to instill the same thoughts and feelings into incoming freshmen cadets. Beth Loffreda also illustrates how having a different personal identity has its consequences. Being different from the “average”
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