Violence As Spectacle By Stephen Crane 's ' Maggie : A Girl Of The Streets

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Violence as Spectacle Throughout the throngs of time, violence has been perceived as part of the life of man and nature, whether it be survival of the fittest, war between the people, or as a sport. These examples are not just native to one people, but they are part of the world as a whole. Although there are many examples of violence given throughout history, the examples given in the short stories by Stephen Crane’s, "Maggie: a Girl of the Streets,” Ambrose Bierce’s, "Chickamauga," and Jack London’s, "The Law of Life," such as degradation, violence as a living thing, and actual physical violence, can be seen in a manner in which violence becomes a spectacle. Violence does not always have to be of a physical nature, but can be of oral connotations such as degradation. Furthermore, the hurting of one’s character can have a more lasting effect on a person’s mental state than that of a true violent beating. As in Stephen Crane’s “Maggie,” there was made a spectacle of violence in this manner where Maggie’s mother tarnished her character by saying “Yer a disgrace to yer people, damn yeh.””Go the hell an’ good riddance” (Crane 967). This was a turning point with Maggie, she had heard enough of the degrading remarks from her mother. Her feelings were assaulted so bad that she left with no intentions of returning. During the time Maggie was gone from the home of her mother, her mother continued to slander her daughter in very degrading ways, “What! Let ‘er come an’ sleep…

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