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In the American culture a common way of retaliation is violence A common form of violence is fighting Sometimes fights escalate into bigger things and weapons are used The novel A Chronicle of a Death Foretold and the documentary Bowling for Columbine had similar conflicts and consequences Both of the stories result in death and either one of these two deaths have valid reasons or explanations The novel Chronicle of a Death Foretold is a perfect example of how violence can be influenced and in some ways be supported by the community In this particular town a prominent man was killed and the people of the town did not it the least bit horrifying or unusual perhaps because in the town avenging a wrong was typical In fact when the whole town knew that Santiago was going to die no one bothered to warn him or maybe they just did not warn him because they did not think that it was that big of a deal I didnt warn him because I thought it was drunkards talk Even after the death no one seemed to be angry or appalled but legal action was taken The Vicario brothers were arrested and many people lined up to testify to their part of the murder although it was a long court case they were let off in the end Dont bother yourself Lousia Santiago theyve already killed him Another thing that is disturbing and unusual in this story is the double standard set between women and men The men were respected if they had sex with a lot of women but a woman is considered dishonored if she has sex before marriage or with any one besides her husband Also if it is discovered that a women is not a virgin on the night of her wedding her marriage will be annulled and she will probably not marry in that town again The movie Bowling for Columbine was
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