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The high school shooting at Columbine seen from Francie Brady´s perspective
2007 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In this essay a fictional novel is used to understand a real life event. In the novel The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe, young Francie Brady kills his neighbour Mrs Nugent. In the real life tragedy which unfolded on April 20, 1999, in the state of Colorado, U.S.A, Eric Harris and his friend Dylan Klebold killed 12 fellow students and a teacher at Columbine High School. In the essay the insight into Francie Brady’s troubled life that we get from Patrick McCabe’s The Butcher Boy is the point of departure for understanding why the Columbine shooting took place. The chapters in this essay deal with the issues of friendship, peer pressure, and how being part of a group or outside a group generally can affect young people during their adolescent years. Additionally, the significance of the family situation of Francie, Eric and Dylan is discussed, as well as the similarities and differences in their respective societies.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, Patrick McCabe, The Butcher Boy, Columbine shooting, friendship, peer pressure, bullying, student violence, antisocial behaviour, parental responsibility
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-46116ISRN: LTU-CUPP--07/072--SELocal ID: 3c239640-18d5-4c2f-80e1-25573c1503f8OAI: diva2:1019428
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
English, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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