By Michael Benton
“Far from being mindless, violence is usually the cutting edge of ideas and ideologies.”
—John Fraser, in Violence in the Arts (1974: 162)
I believe that violence is a necessary part of many creative narratives because it is a part of reality. Violence is a part of the human experience. How can we ignore it?
At the same time, I reject simplistic, cartoonish uses of violence where the heroes are shot at a hundred times, receiving perhaps a scratch, while methodically dispatching every person they face. I think it is irresponsible to repeatedly portray, or think of, violence as simply mindless entertainment.