Thou Shalt Kill: Murder in Fiction

Sanders, Barry
June 1987
North American Review;Jun87, Vol. 272 Issue 2, p70
This article presents the author's concern for diminishing interest among people for literature and discusses the use of murders in fiction. According to the author, no reader could be considered serious who continued his reading to the best-seller list of the newspaper "The New York Times." Referring to the Old Testament, the author says that murders of Abel and Christ dramatize hate that sometimes calls into being its opposite emotion. The author says that while writing scenes of deliberate murder, an author liberates feelings of forgiveness, both in himself and in the reader.


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