Violence

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Violence

The last five years have seen an increase in the stand on violence in movies. As action
movies with their big stars are taken to new heights every year, more people seem to
argue that the violence is influencing our country?s youth. Yet, each year, the amount of
viewers also increases. This summer?s smash hit Independence Day grossed more money
than any other film in history, and it was full of violence. The other summer hits included
Mission: Impossible, Courage Under Fire, and A Time to Kill. All of these movies
contained violence, and all were highly acclaimed. And all, with the exception of
Independence Day, were aimed toward adults who understood the violence and could
separate screen violence from real violence. There is nothing wrong with having violence
in film. If an adult wants to spend an evening watching Arnold Schwartzenager Save the
world, then he should have that right.
Film critic Hal Hinson enjoys watching movies. In fact, he fell in love with
movies at the same time that he remembers being afraid for the first time. He was
watching Frankenstein, and, as he described in his essay ?In Defense of Violence,? it
played with his senses in such a way that he instantaneously fell in love with movies. .
The danger was fake, but Hinson described that it played with his senses in such a way
that he almost instantly fell in love. Hinson feels that most movie lovers were incited by
the same hooks as himself. Movies were thrilling, dangerous, and mesmerizing (Hinson
581-2).
Hinson says that as a culture, we like violent art. Yet this is not something that is
new to today's culture. The ancient Greeks perfected the genre of tragedy with a use of
violence. According to Hinson, they believed that "while violence in life is destructive,
violence in art need not be; that art provides a healthy channel for the natural aggressive
forces within us" (Hinson 585). Today, the Greek tragedy is not often seen, but there are
other shows movies that embody and use violence. Tom and Jerry, The Three Stooges,
and popular prime time shows including the highly acclaimed NYPD Blue and ER are all
violent.
There is a surplus of violent movies in Hollywood. Usually, the years highest
moneymakers are violent. Even Oscar winning movies, those movies that are "the best of
the year," have violence in them. Silence of the Lambs, Unforgiving, and In the Line of
Fire are just a few.
Even with all this violence on both the small and

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