Do you think Katharina is in debt to Blorna?
Or, perhaps, vice versa?
Is violence ever an appropriate response?
Short of self-defense, I guess we are not supposed to think violence is a good response, but in a work of fiction it can certain feel good!
I agree with Nebraska
. Self defense is a valid reason for violence. But I'm sold that there was definite risk of that. And I finally went back tonight to re-read that section of the story. I was going to do that in a previous question.
Here's what I thought the first time I read it and just now when I read it.....
I don't feel like she really thought her life was threatened. I felt she thought he was a p&^%k - which he was. So she was going to show him who was in charge. Keep in mind that she pulled out the gun and put it in her purse before he got there. I've gotta ask: Would you think that someone from the press coming by to interview you would require the need for a gun? She didn't know he was going to come on to her. And the way that Boll wrote about the sequence of events didn't make me feel like he was actually going to rape her.
BUT, as Nebraska
points out......sometimes fiction can be satisfying.