Violence in American Culture

By: Trey Sledge

Children through teens

Language:

Just in the way Americans talk you can tell there is violence. We make threats such as "I would kill you" almost as if its second nature to us.

We also use violence as compliments such as "You are the bomb."

There are many more examples.


Entertainment:


Cartoons:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oU37Yw2qXG8

As you can tell, when we were kids we would watch countless cartoons that were just full of violence. That is how we were raised.

Movies:

In the picture, you see that 6 out of the 7 most sold movies have the genre of action. Each one contains violence because that is what all Americans love. That's how Avatar earns so much money.

Video Games:

video Games are filled with violence, the most profitable game is World of Warcraft (Based on killing people). Has 11.8 million players with an estimated 135 million dollars a month. Gaining 12,600 players a month. This shows how engrossed America culture is with violence.

Games:

Children play Cowboys and Indians and Cops and Robbers both are based on violence. They also shoot each other with fake guns, Nerf Air-soft, and paintball. All for entertainment

Other:

Shootings:

Almost every day there is a shooting in America. Violence is not only used for entertainment but people can get mad with it. There are many examples of this including such as Sandy Hook Elementary, Virginia Tech Massacre, and the Batman shooting. Violence is in America at all times, sometimes very negatively.

News:

News is very negative because people are more engrossed into the violence in America instead of the good things that happen. The violence shootings of course should be shown and emphasized, but the good things that happen in America Culture aren't shown.

Connection to Lord of the Flies

In Lord of the Flies, violence is what drives the kids. The kids become very primitive and results into violence. Some examples of violence in Lord of the Flies are:

“ ‘The was lashings of blood,’ said Jack, laughing and shuddering, ‘you should have seen it!’” (p.73)

Jack was very into violence and was just another example of how the kids resulted into killing each other in the end.

"Ralph too was fighting to get near, to get a handful of that brown, vulnerable flesh. The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering.” (p.125)"

This again showed how he had a desire to commit violence just like kids in America have a desire to play violent games so they can have fun.

Bibliography

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