Unit 3, Assignment 2 – Emily Ezell

Chapter 1:

Paragraph: War is inevitable. We can hope that the abolition of war exists, but violence between people and groups of people will always prevail. Shocking images depicting the violence and gore of war attempt to deter their audience from war. These images force viewers to confront the reality of war and realize its destructiveness. However, they are only as effective as their audience is perceptive.  
Sentence: Authors and artists can use the power of words and imagery to shy people away from war, but the shock, gore, and violence of the images can never prevent future wars.

Chapter 6:

Paragraph: Human nature creates a perceived obligation to look and continue looking at shocking images of violence and cruelty. Our curiosity provokes reactions that often exclude reason or conscience. We have an innate desire to view the gore and violence of others. This inclination to watch suffering overpowers reason, and the normalization of violence by popular culture perpetuates this indifference. 
Sentence: The normalization of violence, passivity towards suffering, and innate curiosity create a subconscious desire to witness the gore and violence of other people’s suffering. 

Chapter 8:

Paragraph: Reality obliges society to reach moral and emotional maturity. We cannot avoid losing innocence or ignorance; we have to accept corruption, acknowledge suffering, and recognize humanity’s capacity to enact violence on others. Images depicting suffering, violence, and gore require us to confront this reality. The accessibility to current events invades our lives, and we must generalize the horrors of our surroundings to create a life outside of the constant violence. 
Sentence: Emotional maturity requires us to confront suffering and violence, but we disassociate ourselves from the misfortunes of others because of our inability to end all suffering.  

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