And ultimately, he makes you feel the catharsis in violence, the adrenaline rush, and the shame in that.
Encountering such exaggerations on the page serves as a kind of catharsis, and provides a kind of perspective.
Thus, catharsis, in a physiological sense, has been difficult to substantiate, but the results are by no means conclusive.
1803, "bodily purging," from Latinized form of Greek katharsis "purging, cleansing," from stem of kathairein "to purify, purge," from katharos "pure, clear of dirt, clean, spotless; open, free; clear of shame or guilt; purified" (with most of the extended senses now found in Modern English clear, clean, pure), of unknown origin. Originally medical in English; of emotions from 1872; psychotherapy sense first recorded 1909, in Brill's translation of Freud.
catharsis ca·thar·sis (kə-thär'sĭs)
n. pl. ca·thar·ses (-sēz)
A psychological technique used to relieve tension and anxiety by bringing repressed feelings and fears to consciousness.
The therapeutic result of this process; abreaction.