Can Violence Help Us ?

Many blame violent fiction, which varies between violent graphic novels, movies, or video games, to be the reason why so much violence is going on in the world. At first, I used to agree that violent fiction can influence people and give them ideas of violent acts, but now I agree with an author named Warren Ellis and his view on violent fiction. Warren Ellis has an argument that violence happens but hiding it will not solve the problem, but it will cause a problem of ignorance towards things that happen in the real world.

Warren Ellis, author of Dead Pig Collector and other graphic novels that feature violence, did an article named “Blood in Your Eye: Why We Need Violent Stories”. He says in the article “…violent fiction is essential for helping us understand real world horrors and de fang society’s monsters”. What he is saying is violent fiction shows us things that we may not want to see but it opens our eyes to things that can happen in the real world that sometimes the media tries to cover up. He says “I can watch footage of Sammy Yatim being shot, but my government doesn’t think I should watch violent films…And yet it’s fine for our television news providers…to hammer us with this crap and then insist that it must be witnessed — but that no one can or should ever hope to understand it.”

Ellis also said “They are Other, and they didn’t come from us, and we’re just going to stand over there and shake our heads sadly. And, moreover, anyone who gets closer to it in order to experience or understand it must be a freak.” What he is saying is when someone does a violent act, or even people who are interested in violence is different from everyone else and should be put to shame. This is not what we should do, some people need to look more into things to understand and that’s what violent fiction can do for us. So instead of trying to band violent fiction just keep it out to the public so people can learn and understand it.

Works Cited

Ellis, Warren “Blood in Your Eye: Why We Need Violent Stories” Vulture. New York Media, 14 August 2013. Web. 3 October 2013

– Michelene J.


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