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As Bond says in the introduction to the Methuen edition of Early Morning, ‘‘I write about violence as naturally as Jane Austin wrote about manners. Violence shapes and obsesses our society . . . It would be immoral not to write about violence.’’ Violence is the natural result of the depersonalizing aspects of the society in which it takes place, the physical and psychological twisting of the human to fit the work pattern of the industrialized world, the lack of control over their own lives, the crowding together in a sterile environment with no sense of cultural roots.
Being able to ‘‘get away with it’’ is the criteria for behavior. Pete is admired for killing a boy and not being charged. Power is linked with violence for those in power cause violence (wars, bombs) which trickles down and makes violence a necessity and allowed within society. Violence has the underlying role of power. When the baby is killed, the killers have power over the baby, just as those in charge have the power to send the men into war. The themes of violence and power are both caused by society.
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