ENG 4U 2012: A Discussion About Media Violence is Like a Kick in the Teeth

On Friday, we will host a discussion about media violence. In preparation for this discussion, I need you to:

  1. read the first page and a bit of the article
  2. divide the research strands amongst your group. Each person should take two strands.
  3. explain your strands to your group

Once you have finished, I’d like you to write a 3/4 page piece answering the following question:
Is violence in one medium (say, print) more permissible than violence in another?
As you address the question, consider the following quotations from Macbeth, a play you studied in Grade 10:

Disdaining fortune, with his brandished steel,/ Which smoked with bloody execution

As Macbeth’s blade cuts into his opponents, the heat from their bodies escapes as vapour, making his blade “smoke”

Till he unseamed him from the nave to th’ chops

Macbeth cuts his opponent from his navel to his jawbone, or chops, unseaming him (think of stitching…).

Is there something about Shakespeare’s violence that makes it permissible?


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