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Media Violence and Adolescents A "hot issue" of discussions today is the dilemma of violence from the media. After studying about the subject, I am convinced that media violence adversely impacts the audience. The most susceptible are the young. John Grisham wrote a strong essay called "Unnatural Killers." Because the writing of this essay, it has caught some flak from reviewers in light of his book A Time to Kill. Within this novel, the "great guy" kills. The points he made in his essay, but are still valid. "Unnatural Killers" tells the dramatic story of Sarah Edmondson and Benjamin Darras's killing spree. Sarah and Ben killed one man and severely injured another. Sarah testifies that the inspiration for that horrible act was a film, "Natural Born Killers" (Grisham 346). Grisham describes the movie:  . A repulsive story of two mindless young lovers, Mickey (Woody Harrelson) and Mallory (Juliette Lewis), who blaze their way across the Southwest, killing everything in their course while getting famous. According to the script, they indiscriminately kill fifty-two individuals before they are caught. It looks like several more. They then manage to kill at least fifty more because they escape from prison. They free themselves, have kids, and are at last observed thankfully rambling down the street in an Winnebago (346-347). According to Sarah, "Ben adored 'Natural Born Killers,' and as they drove to Memphis he spoke publicly of murdering individuals, randomly, just like Mickey spoke to Mallory" (Grisham 347). Clearly, if Sarah's testimony is correct, the film had a deep and negative impact on Ben Darras. "Natural Born Killers" has motivated many other copycat acts. A 14-year older boy in Texas told police...

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