The Evolution of Violence
Violence had been the key to survive in the early history of humanity. As the natural selection suggested, the strongest was the one who survived after all. Violence had been shaped according to the needs of humanity, and it actually helped them to civilize.
As time passed, humankind evolved and became more civilised. They actually owned something that they built up; at this point they didn’t need violence to shape their lives, or at least to survive. But did violence just fade away, or did it also evolve according to the new needs of humanity?
People became more and more selfish with in respect of time. They started to have a say in their lives, their goal became not just to survive, but also enjoy life. As this transition happened from being able to meet the basic needs to being satisfied during the life time period, violence started to be more of an expression of emotions rather than a tool, which built up humanity in the first place.
In the non-fictional book called In Cold Blood, written by Truman Capote, and basically explores a real murder story, the author is pretty explicit about the events that are happening. He tells everything to the reader at first place rather than introducing the plot slowly. This might seem boring when we consider the simple requests that a reader is looking for in a book. But if we leave the prejudice aside, it can be understood why he uses such a technique.
First of all, the author found another way to create the flow in the book, which is setting up a plot in a simultaneous way. As the reader proceeds, he gets a sense of what two or three characters do simultaneously, which helps to create the storyline easier and which is also an interesting technique. Since the reader knows what different characters are doing at the same time, he obtains a chance to understand all of them individually, which are in this murder story the murderer and the victims.
Writing the story in a simultaneous way and also being explicit while doing it creates a different aspect for the reader while going through the book. This conscious act of the author helps the reader focus on the reason of the murder more than how it happened. As the reader proceeds and dive into the book more, he has a chance to observe the story behind the murder, the violence. Since there isn’t any logic behind the murder in the story, the author explores the violation becoming a self-expression. Having the mystery of why the murder happened in their minds, the reader could understand that violence wasn’t being used because it was needed, it occurred according to the murderer’s wishes.
Even though it seems useless why the author follows such a path at the first glance, it may be understood that the usage of these techniques actually benefits the idea of exploring the violence that mankind had evolved. Truman Capote formed his book on this idea, and it helps the reader to also get into his discovery of violation. In Cold Blood is a must-read to understand the source of brutality in mankind.