The Dark Side Of An Unhealthy Relationship

3481 WordsDec 5, 201414 Pages
For many people the dark side of an unhealthy relationship it is unknown. It is definitely something that is not portrayed in fairy tales. Little girls dreamed about their prince charming and look forward to the day they can live their happily ever after. Unfortunately, in today’s world domestic abuse has become more and more common in our society. “It is estimated that one-third of the world’s women will endure an abusive relationship during their lifetime1. In the novel “Safe Haven” the author uses symbols, characterization and imagery to illustrate a woman in fear of her abusive relationship and her ultimately need to run away and find her true safe haven. This novel explores the role of domestic abuse and the relationship between Kate and Kevin and by what means Kevin’s behavior leads to his role as a villain. Nevertheless, it is crucial for women to be careful when entering a serious relationship. Domestic violence not only is about physical violence but also may include emotional, verbal, and sexual abuse. “Physical violence or threat of violence is used to control, intimidate and subjugate the partner and to induce fear and control2”. In the book Safe Haven different aspects of domestic violence are presented to the reader. Abuse, power and control are used by the villain in the story. Dictionary.com states that a villain is “a cruelly malicious person who is involved in or devoted to wickedness or crime; or a character in a play, novel, or the like, who constitutes
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