Francisco's Slap of Dagny
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 29 May 2011, Question 3
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 29 May 2011, I answered a question on Francisco's slap of Dagny.
Was Francisco justified in slapping Dagny? In their teenage years, when Dagny asked Francisco whether she should try to get D's in order to gain popularity in school, Francisco slapped her. I understand what he meant by the "unspeakable" thing that she said. But couldn't have he talked it over with her instead of slapping her – and shouldn't he have done so? Why does he use physical violence – and why does Dagny not just accept but relish in it?
My Answer, In Brief: The slap in question was not just deliberately provoked, but necessary in the context of fiction to dramatize the tension and bond between them.
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