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Violence

In modern American entertainment, violence is revered as an almost holy and unrivaled tool in making people spend their money.For example Eminem and his wildly popular songs filled with guns, drugs and masochistic sex.He is one of the most successful rap artists of our time.What makes his songs so captivating?Why are millions of people so drawn into his lyrics?And what about the unending wave of war movies Hollywood continues to produce?Why do we spend two hours watching men blow each other up?Perhaps, the reason could be because the human mind is intrigued by violence.This is nothing particular to 21st century Americans; it has been proven to be a characteristic that crosses time and nationality.James Fennimore Cooper and Mary Rowlandson were no strangers to this concept.As a matter of fact, both authors learned to use the human infatuation with violence to their advantage.In their own right, both Cooper and Rowlandson attempted to achieve their individual goals in a written work by creating a lasting impression on their audience through the depictions of violent behaviors.
During the mid 1600s, the time period in which Mary Rowlandson lived, the Church was beginning to lose control in the government.Society began to get caught up in earthly goods, showing no respect of the Indians.Thus, Indian relations with the Americans began to turn sour.Several years later, Metacom's War broke out and the Native Americans captured Mary Rowlandson.After her release, she produced a narrative that described her personal account of her captivity among the Indians during Metacom's War.While in captivity, Rowlandson began to realize that she too, has been drifting from God.An example of her unchristian-like and disturbing behavior occurred on her Eighteenth Remove when she "took [the horses feet] of the child, and ate it" (p.96).Rowlandson, in this case, used violence as a characteristic to disp…

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