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The paper analyzes how the books "Fanon" by John Edgar Wideman and "Wretched of the Earth" by Frantz Fanon share the common theme of violence. The paper outlines how Fanon's work is a call to action, a non-fictional account of how to throw off the colonial chains and gain freedom, while Wideman's work is a blend of fiction and memoir. The paper highlights how both books use physical violence graphically and successfully to create emotions in the reader and tell their story.
From the Paper:"The news reports the violence in gory detail, another element of Wideman's book. He writes, "In the company of other viewers, I'm reminded how narrowly we've escaped disaster. Only a few minutes of viewing required to learn that many others on the crowded planet didn't get through the night" (Wideman 66). Our news channels, and our fascination with news (why else would there be so many 24-hour news stations on television?) show that violence, although it is repellent, also fascinates society in some way, and that is why so much of it is reported in newspapers and other media.
"Today, we live with violence but we do not condone it. However, Fanon did condone violence; he believed it benefited society in certain situations. He writes, "Violence alone, violence committed by the people, violence organized and educated by its leaders, makes it possible for the masses to understand social truths and gives the key to them" (Fanon 147). Today, this might seem like a frightening thought, but at the time Fanon wrote this book, violence was about the only way that people could gain their independence. That is illustrated not only in Algeria, but here in the United States, when the radical Black Panther movement sprang up to help African Americans gain their Civil Rights. Often, the only way a group gains its freedom is through violent means, whether we like it or not, and that is why Fanon promotes this kind of social violence in his work."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Fanon, Frantz. The Wretched of the Earth. Trans. Constance Farrington. New York: Grove Weidenfeld, 1963.
- Wideman, John Edgar. Fanon. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2008.
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