Mental Effect Of Violence

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Violence can affect people mentally or physically and one doesn’t have to be involved to notice the lifestyle change that violence can affect. The physical effect from violence is obvious on how it can change a life, however, the mental effect is not noticeable to everyone. The two literatures that can demonstrate how violence can affect people, in this case boys, mentally are Fist Stick Knife Gun and “Male Bodies and the White Terror”. An example of a mental effect would be trauma which is a very difficult or unpleasant experience that causes someone to have mental or emotional problems and usually for a long period of time. Many people suffer from trauma including children either from death of a loved one, war, terrorism, witnessing a death …show more content…
For instance, in Fist Stick Knife Gun, Geoff experienced and got involved in violence during most of his childhood and adolescence. As an adult, he felt like he needed protection of a gun and needed habits to avoid gangs that were now in Union Avenue which really “... were unnecessarily conciliatory” (Canada 115). As a child and a teenager he was really involved in violent situation and even learned how to fight for his own protection in Union Avenue. Now as an adult he visits Union Avenue and knows the consequences and experiences Geoff had from fighting so he avoids the group of teenagers that were now in Union Avenue. In "Male Bodies and the White Terror", the boys experience the similar situation in which they experience pain and felt, “A deep chasm divided me from the habits...of my parental home...I felt neither the desire nor the compulsion…” (Theweleit 151). This is a sign of withdrawal from their families that the boys experience after they had all their baby teeth pulled out and before they returned home. They no longer feel like normal boys and felt only the need to go back to the corps again. Another experience would be when Geoff looks back before he met Mike and realizes how he withdrew from others by just sitting down, “... on the curb, head down, trying to become invisible…”(Canada 55) implying that violence at Union Square traumatized Geoff enough to not want to be …show more content…
Such as the boys in "Male Bodies and the White Terror", they were so involved in violence they later became to enjoy the act of harming others. When they were in battle and had the opportunity to use a gun, “It was as if I myself could feel every jolt that shook the metal parts of the gun… a wicked pleasure”(Theweleit 176). They experienced pain from the soldiers and victimize by the violence that the soldiers did to them that they later became violent themselves and enjoyed causing harm to others. They were raised as the soldiers were like a true man and a machine that can be indestructible so they believed that in order to be a man and to survive the war the boys must be like the vicious soldiers. In Fist Stick Knife Gun, the boys had an aggressive behavior for no apparent reason to a boy name Butchie, “He was forever being punched… for no reason...I don’t know what set the older boys off ”(Canada 44). Being aggressive towards others without a cause is just not moral and the boys might have trauma being in a violent neighborhood and causing fights. Geoff also developed an aggressive behavior when he encounters a knife and claims it’s his best friends and idolizes it. “The knife was more than a weapon; it became a friend to me…”(Canada 91). Being at Union Square where all the boys knew how to fight and Geoff as a young boy witnessing violence made Geoff feel

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