A discussion of Martin Scorsese's films and the violent influence they have had on the American people

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Our society that we live in can be classified as non-violent. From a distance, it is argued that our culture is built on war and hate but in reality, the average person has probably never physically hit someone. Children sometime enjoy a good wrestle here and there but the average adult tends to avoid getting into a physical fight with another person. So why is it that so many of us flock to the movies to see someone get their head blown to bits over and over again, usually more men than women.

One reason can be tied to our primordial instincts. We, as humans, still carry with

us that animal side, that joy of the hunt, that rush of the kill. And also we, as humans, understand that killing is bad and that going to work everyday is good. The only way one

can relive the feelings that their ancestors once experienced is to watch it happen on the

silver screen.

It's the same reason why people always slow down on the highway when

ever there is an accident. They really don't want to see a dead body but curiosity takes

over and they end up slowing down to satisfy their urge.

Another reason people demand violence in movies is so that they can experience a feeling that they themselves would never act on in real life. Watching movies can become a magical experience that takes the viewer off into a world outside of their own. Movies help people cope with real life by taking them away from their problem. At some point in ones life, they got so mad at someone that they just wanted to destroy them. Of course they came to their senses and held their rage back. But in a movie, they can live...