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Writing can be used to gain control over events that cannot be explained easily Since books and stories have structure to them literary works often provide an outlet for people to cope with their own uncertainty which is a major source of fear TS Garp the main character in John Irvings novel The World According to Garp writes books in order to manage his fear of the unknown Garps early books are written at a time in his life in which he feels safe and sheltered these stories are original and fictitious Overtime Garp starts to write to control the things that scare him His later books are written at a stage in his life when Garp has seen and experienced violence therefore he writes in order to deal with his pain At that point Garps work is derived from reality and is less imaginative when he uses writing as a catharsis for his troubles Even though his later writing is still considered fiction as fear begins to manifest itself in Garps life reality begins to dominate Garps writing He is clearly affected by the extremem violence he experiences including three rapes two assassinations two accidental deaths the loss of an eye the loss of two ears the loss of an arm the loss of a penis and a whole society of women who amputee tongues Lounsberry Garp struggles to cope with all of the violence so he uses writing to purge himself of the painful memories that he has experienced At a certain point in the story however Garp can no longer combat the violence with his imagination Prior to his exposure to all this violence Garps imagination flourishes without any real worries however the violence begins to consume him and Garp starts writing from his painful memories rather than his imagination As he experiences pain he realizes that the world is not
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