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Was Ronald DeFeo the Murderer of His Mother, Father, and Siblings? - ... One night, when Butch got really angry at his father , he pulled a shotgun out and threatened to kill him. When Butch pulled the trigger, the shotgun didn't go off . All of this made the future of Butch murdering his family even more likely. After the fight and a few weeks before Butch murdered his father he claimed that someone stole his money, his father then gave him loads of money for weekly allowance in hopes that it would calm him down, and by doing so his father got really angry. When it turned out that Butch stole the money, building up the hatred between him and his father....   [tags: Amityville horror, paranormal presence] 937 words
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Literary Elements of The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe - ... It even fills the character with “fantastic terrors never felt before”. To this is added the darkness and silence outside, which is only interfered by the tapping of the raven. It could be compared to today’s horror movies and how they also first build up tension before revealing what is hiding behind the door, in this poem’s case behind the window. The story is paused a few times throughout the poem by stating additional details about the setting. This is done to give the reader a moment to absorb what is going on and further occupy his imagination....   [tags: horror, dark, gloomy, poerty] 1236 words
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Film Analysis: Edward Scissorhands Genre - ... We see “it” has knives for hands, and Peg starts asking for “it” not to come any closer. Before she turns to run away, the “monster’s” soft, gentle voice is heard, asking her not to go. The camera focuses on Edward’s face; it shows how pale and sad he is. The gothic horror feature used here is the physical appearance of the “monster”. Edward is a large, dark figure with objects (his scissor hands) that can cause harm. This is very stereotypical of the gothic monster as this has been used in Frankenstein (1931) and Nosferatu (1922), and is imprinted in viewers’ minds....   [tags: horror films, monsters, mind] 1243 words
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An Atmosphere of Fear and Horror in the Opening Chapters of Dracula - An Atmosphere of Fear and Horror in the Opening Chapters of Dracula One of the ways in which Stoker creates an atmosphere of fear and horror is through character. A young naïve inexperienced traveller is going to meet a man known as the Count. He is travelling in the "horseshoe of the Carpathians" where every known superstition is gathered in "some sort of imaginative whirlpool". There is an irony in the fact that Jonathan is calm at the beginning of the novel yet he has no idea what is in store for him....   [tags: Papers] 901 words
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Exploring the Horror of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness - Exploring the Horror of Heart of Darkness "The horror, the horror!" Kurtz exclaims prior to his last breath of life on earth. In those final moments, Kurtz was able to say something so true about the whole mess of human life. A life dominated by the fittest, perceived differently through each human eye, and full of judgement lacking understanding of all sides. The various ways the world is viewed causes many problems amongst its people. Whether they are about racism, wealth, or even common sense, conflicts are still subject to arouse....   [tags: Heart Darkness essays] 979 words
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Horror of War Exposed in Dulce et Decorum Est - Horror of War Exposed in Dulce et Decorum Est We have all heard war stories that seemed exciting and adventurous. Some stories are of men who gladly laid down their lives in the glory of battle and would do so again if given the chance. These stories tickle our sentiment and ease the pain of real war, but they do little to help us understand war's brutality. In his poem "Dulce et Decorum Est," Wilfred Owen does not attempt to pull the blood stained wool over our eyes. Instead of a novel quip, Owen gives us a look into the real horror of war....   [tags: Dulce et Decorum Est Essays]
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The Mysterious Life of Edgar Allan Poe - There are different types of reading. There are novels, nonfiction works and tons of different genres. But, some people like a story that is short and to the point; Edgar Allan Poe is an author who can provide that. Although he had a rough life, Poe worked very hard to become the skillful author that is known today. Some people like horror stories and others like romances. Edgar Allan Poe is a widely accepted poet and author. He is known for his sullen horror stories and all of the tragedies in his life....   [tags: author,poet, horror stories]
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Film Review of Stephen King's 1408 - ... However, when the time display suddenly changes to that of a 60-minute countdown, Mike soon realizes his fatal mistake. As the time ticks down, Mike is confronted by strange hallucinations and terrifying events. He finds himself trapped inside the room and unable to escape. Despite his best efforts, Mike Enslin is forced to endure an emotional and torturous hour of horror. The weight of the experience threatens to destroy him like the other 56 hotel guests who died within the walls of room number 1408....   [tags: horror, room number, hotel]
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Psycho: The character of Norman Bates - ... The character of Norman Bates deviated from the book's original character, a forty year old pervert, to Anthony Perkins' character 'a tender vulnerable young man' one could almost feel sorry for. Perkins plays Norman Bates as if the role were written for him, with his nervous voice used throughout the movie and his awkward appearance and actions. A distinct part of Norman's character is his subtle lapses in which he shows signs of the ever present 'Mother'. The parlour scene is an excellent example of these lapses....   [tags: film analysis, horror genre]
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William Faulkner's A Rose for Emily is a Gothic Horror Tale - William Faulkner is widely considered to be one of the great American authors of the twentieth century. Although his greatest works are identified with a particular region and time (Mississippi in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries), the themes he explores are universal. He was also an extremely accomplished writer in a technical sense. Novels such as The Sound and the Fury and Absalom, Absalom. feature bold experimentation with shifts in time and narrative. Several of his short stories are favorites of anthologists, including "A Rose for Emily." This strange story of love, obsession, and death is a favorite among both readers and critics....   [tags: A Rose For Emily, William Faulkner] 1833 words
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Capital Punishment Essay - The Horror of the Death Penalty - The Horror of the Death Penalty           The death penalty has existed for well over 4000 years.  In 1728 BC the code of Hamurabe was passed to allow legal execution.  For centuries capital punishment was a public spectacle: states used executions to demonstrate the ultimate consequence of attacking the state.  During the 18th century in England executions attracted tens of thousands of people and in some cases there would be riots.  Also in England the church was allowed to burn people alive at the stake for the crime of heresy.  Under Queen Mary Tutor (the infamous "Bloody Mary") thousands were executed just for not returning to the Catholic faith.  Most of these executions took...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays] 1004 words
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Suspense and Horror in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - How does Stevenson create an atmosphere of suspense and horror in Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Why was this so significant at the time it was written. In the book Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson truly proves himself as a wonderful writer. Throughout the story he keeps a huge sense of suspense and horror, capturing the reader’s interest and making them want to read on. From just the first paragraph he has gained the readers interest and pulled them into the plot of the story. The opening sentence of the story is: “Mr....   [tags: English Literature] 2194 words
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Capital Punishment Essay - Beyond Horror and Incivility - The Death Penalty: Beyond Horror and Incivility     "Capital punishment is the infliction of the death penalty on persons convicted of a crime" (Americana 596). Killing convicted felons has been one of the most widely practiced forms of criminal punishment in the United States. Currently, the states that do no practice the death penaly are Alaska, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Wisconsin. However, for the remaining states that do practice the death penalty, it has been a topic of debate for many years....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Are we Human or Are we Monsters in Frankenstein by Mary Shelly - ... Here, even Victor the creator is completely appalled and offended by what he see’s and takes off to run away from the monster that is his own creation. So now what outlook does the monster have to expect if even his own creator who made him is sickened the aesthetics of his creations appearance. This does not give the monster much of a chance to be accepted in the world. As an outcast, the monster tries to figure out why he is different. Victor’s creation is very intellectual and he begins to study people’s mannerisms, language, lingo and even stumbles across some books that are about history and poems....   [tags: horror, outcast, creation]
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Contradiction in The Turn of the Screw by Henry James - The Turn of the Screw, a ghost story novella by Henry James, was first published in 1898. It is described as a masterpiece in storytelling, and because of how it creates an atmosphere of terror; it is considered a central text in the horror genre. The story is about a guest named Douglas reading to other guests a story from a written record. An unknown narrator remembers some friends gathering at an old house to listen to one another’s ghost stories, and then introduces Douglas, who tells them about a story that involves two children and a governess....   [tags: Horror, Novel, Ghost]
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Alfred Hitchcock Manipulates the Audience to Build Suspense in Psycho - ... The song bird like Crane is unaware that Norman’s mother, the owl, is out to get her. The crow is a symbol of death and its beak points directly at Crane to foreshadow a future scene in the film. Eyes are another symbol that manipulates the audience’s feelings and creates suspense in the film. After Marion steals money from her boss her eyes widen due to paranoia, especially after being pulled over by a police officer. This scene makes the viewer believe that she may be the possible psycho referred to by the title of the film....   [tags: symbolsim, horror, death]
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Michael Attenborough’s Macbeth at the Playhouse by Queensland Theatre Company - ... 2005). The witches however, remaining faithful to the original text were the central driving force of this particular production. The choreography, costuming, gestures were grotesque and exciting and maintained the audience’s attention whenever present on stage. Attenborough also mentioned that the Shakespearian language has to be accessible to the audience without dulling it down and that “when it’s well done it sounds as natural as…speaking now” (qldtheatreco, 2014). Yet the language choices and delivery within this particular performance, although very slightly modernized, came across as bland and didn’t engage the audience; it felt like we were being spoken at instead of spoken to, n...   [tags: performance, horror, adaptation] 1205 words
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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and the Industrial Revolution - “Oh. No mortal could support the horror of that countenance. A mummy again endued with animation could not be so hideous as that wretch” (Shelley 57). This statement is how Mary Shelley successfully portrayed the overall negative consensus of the industrialization of Europe in the 1800s in her novel Frankenstein. This story parallels the world’s transition from nature and emotion to reason and truth which was the primary cause for the industrial revolution. Though the revolution brought new technology and knowledge, people felt as though they were enslaved by this sudden change....   [tags: Dr. Frankenstain, horror, monster]
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The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe - Edgar Allen Poe once said, “Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.” There have been so many breathtaking stories, but none of them has influenced literature the way The Tell Tale Heart did. The Tell Tale Heart is a short story published in 1843, and written by Edgar Allen Poe. Edgar Allen Poe was born in Boston in 1809. He was the son of impoverishes actor Elizabeth and David Allen Poe. He became an orphan at the age of three whereby he lost his father by desertion and his mother to tuberculosis....   [tags: horror, narrator, insanity]
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Gothic Elements in Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens - ... The narrator is convinced that the old man’s blind ‘vulture’ eye (named so for its pale blue hue with a film over the eye thus giving the impression the eye is actually blind) is evil and often refers to it as an ‘evil eye’. “He had the eye of a vulture --a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees --very gradually --I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.” This tale also presents alienation and isolation for both Poe’s narrator and his victim, the narrator is particularly alienated from the old man due to his particular psychological reaction towards him and his eye....   [tags: horror, romanticism, black cat] 2073 words
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Horror and Self-punishment in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex - Horror and Self-punishment in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex An ancient plate portraying Oedipus listening to the riddle of the Sphinx. Oedipus Rex is a play whose qualities of inscrutability and of pervasive irony quickly come to complicate any critical discussion. It is a play of transformations in which things change before our eyes as we watch; where meanings and implications seem to be half-glimpsed beneath the surface of the text only to vanish as we try to take them in; and where ironical resemblance and reflections abound to confuse our response....   [tags: Oedipus the King] 836 words
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The Many Romantic Elements of Frankenstein - ... Though he had good intentions, this creature was rejected from society and mankind, based on his hideous looks, making him a Romantic hero to many. He was never really a monster until society made him one by corrupting and despising him, causing him to turn towards murder. Most would classify Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as a horror story because of all of the innocent people in which the “daemon” had killed. These people, and even a pure child, had done nothing to disturb the creature; selfishly, the creature murdered them out of pure revenge for his creator just because of his own misery....   [tags: monster, nature, horror]
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Creative Writing: The Mortalis and Nightcrwalers - ... It was scary. I took a glance at my room. I was a well organized individual. Everything is well ordered and in its place. Posters of Asking Alexandria, Black Veil Brides, Sleeping With Sirens, Of Mice and Men and Bring Me the Horizon, are all lined up to match each segment of the line and are exactly three inches from one another. My walls are painted as black like the color of my heart. Dark and scary. I walked over to my small tank that had my pet tarantula, Sev in it. Sev is a Mexican red-knee tarantula....   [tags: horror stories, tales, cliff] 1266 words
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The Gold Bug by Edgar Allan Poe - Edgar Allan Poe was born January 19, 1809. Many consider him to be the master of mystery and horror. He only lived until he was forty, but he still managed to make a name for himself in that span. He was an author, a poet, and a critic. He had success but not of the financial or personal variety. For one, every woman he ever cared for ended up dead. That included his wife Virginia whom he loved dearly. The men in his life who were supposed to be there to guide him never stuck around. Financially, the copyright laws of the time did not favor writers....   [tags: mystery, horror, imagination]
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Mary Shelley and Flannery O’Connor: Gothic Isolationists - Gothic fiction is a genre of literature that combines fiction, horror and Romanticism with a particular focus on the mysterious and supernatural aspects. Gothic fiction originated in England during the latter half of the 18th century. This distinctive genre of literature soon developed into a 19th century phenomenon. The success of this dominant genre in England is frequently attributed to Mary Shelley. Despite its recent success, gothic fiction ceased to be a dominant genre by the Victorian Era....   [tags: Fiction, Horror, Romanticism, Literature]
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The Tell-Tale Heart by Edger Allen Poe - Edger Allen Poe was born to traveling actors in Boston on January 19, 1809. Poe was the second of three children in his family. Three years of Poe’s birth both of his parents had died, and he was taken in by the wealthy tobacco merchant John Allan and his wife Frances Valentine Allan in Richmond, Virginia while Poe’s siblings went to live with other families (Life). He was a very talented writer at a young age. By the age of thirteen, Poe wrote enough poetry to publish a book, but his headmaster advised him against it (Life)....   [tags: gothic horror, biography, death]
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How Do We Remember the Holocaust Today? - The Holocaust is considered the largest genocide of our entire world, killing more than 600,000,000 Jewish people during the years of 1933-1945. The memories and history that have filled our lives that occurred during the Holocaust are constantly remembered around the world. Many populations today “think” that constant reminders allow for us to become informed and help diminish the hatred for other races still today. These scholars believe that by remembering the Holocaust, you are able to become knowledgeable and learn how to help prevent this from happening again....   [tags: tragic events, horror, jewish]
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Dangerous Knowledge in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley - Frankenstein is a book written by Mary Shelley in 1818, that is revolved around a under privileged scientist named Victor Frankenstein who manages to create a unnatural human-like being. The story was written when Shelley was in her late teen age years, and was published when she was just twenty years old. Frankenstein is filled with several different elements of the Gothic and Romantic Movement of British literature, and is considered to be one of the earliest forms of science fiction. Frankenstein is a very complicated and complex story that challenges different ethics and morals on the apparent theme of dangerous knowledge....   [tags: victor, mary godwin, horror]
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Edgar Allan Poe: Amazing Poet and Writer - ... Poe began his military career. He enlisted in the United States Army as a private using the identity "Edgar A. Perry" and he then lied about his age saying he was 22 but he was only 18(Poemhunter). This is where Poe finally released some of his work. Poe released his first book, collection of poetry titled Tamerlane and Other Poems which only had 50 copies printed and received almost no attention(Poemhunter). Poe was eventually discharged from the military on April 15, 1829. Poe was now seeking something different so he decided to go to the United States Military Academy at West Point(Poemhunter)....   [tags: origin of horror & detective fiction]
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A Brief Biography of Edgar Allan Poe - ... Maria Clemm and her daughter Virginia. (C-5) J.P. Kennedy helped him become editor of the Southern Literary Messenger from 1835-1837. Poe contributed stories, poems and astute literary criticism but his drinking lost him his editorship. Poe married his cousin Virginia Clemm in 1836,she was only 13, then in 1837 they went to New York there he published the narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym his only novel. In the summer of 1846 he moved with his wife to a cottage in what was a rural area in Bronx N.Y; she died there of tuberculosis in January of 1947.On October 3, 1949, in Baltimore a stranger found him delirious and in need of medical attention, a few days later he died at the age of 40 fro...   [tags: poems and tales of horror] 1013 words
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Atmosphere of Tension and Horror in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare - Atmosphere of Tension and Horror in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Shakespeare, before Act III Scene I, builds up an atmosphere of happiness and love. He has done this with the marriage of Romeo and Juliet, and how perfect life is going for Romeo. "Till Holy Church incorporate two in one" [II.I.37]. Romeo is neither worried nor unhappy, he is just madly in love with Juliet. As we find out later, not even a few words from Tybalt can displease his loving mood. It is only when his friend and Tybalt start fighting, his happy and loving mood soon turns into anger and despair....   [tags: Papers] 1357 words
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The Horror of Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church. - The Horror of Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church. Early Sunday morning, people shuffle in through the mahogany doors as the smell of Frankincense and Myrrh tickle the nose. Rays of sunlight beam through the stained glass windows, making rainbow images on the red velvet carpet. What sounds like the voices of angels singing praise to the lord harmoniously circulates in the air. A mighty voice roars from the altar, “Now, let us bow our heads in prayer.” This is a majestic place where one can find peace, confess sins and thank the lord for all of the blessings he has bestowed upon them....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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Stephen King: From Rags to Riches - Stephen King had a, somewhat, troubled childhood, which, some people believe was the reason he was inspired to write some of his darker works and made him into the writer he is today. Stephen King, one of the most intense storytellers of our time, was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, into a family of three: his mother, Nellie Ruth Pillsbury, his father, Donald, and his adopted older brother, David. After his parents had separated, when his father left for a pack of cigarettes and never returned, Stephen King and Donald King were cared for by their mother....   [tags: claustrophobic, horror stories]
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Film Analysis: Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho - Running water, a high-pitched scream, shrill violins, pierced flesh, a torn curtain, gurgling water: these were the sounds that gave a whole new meaning to the word "horror" in the year 1960. With enough close-ups and cuts to simulate the feeling of a heart attack, the notorious shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho serves as the ultimate murder sequence in cinematic history. What makes the scene so frightening isn't so much the blood or the screams or the cross-dressing murderer: the true horror lies Hitchcock's use the camera....   [tags: marion, tom, horror]
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Universal Attribites of Monster Stories - ... On the other hand, Dracula came back to haunt the living people to escape from morality. The monsters were very different from each other. Victor Frankenstein film and Dracula have many common highlights, but their personification of evil is different. Count Dracula had many supernatural powers, which he used to control the people and the environment. On the other hand, the monster in Victor Frankenstein had superhuman strength because he was made out of dead human parts and he used his powers to kill humans....   [tags: creation, horror, sympathy]
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The Shining by Stephen King - Stephen King is a contemporary author of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. He is one of the greatest writers of the American horror genre. King wrote many bestselling books but his book The Shining, published in 1977, established King as a great American writer. The Shining is about a man, Jack Torrance, his son, Danny, and his wife when they become caretakers of an isolated hotel. Danny sees alarming visions of the hotel's past using a psychic ability known as "The Shining." As time goes on, Jack Torrance slips into a horrifying insanity and the only thing that can save his family is "The Shining." Stephen King is known for putting his past hardships, as well as successes, into this...   [tags: horror, science fiction, and fantasy]
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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Gothic Horror - Shelly’s ‘’Frankenstein’’ is regarded as the first modern horror novel. It is in fact, a Gothic horror. The story came about mainly from a dream shelly had. The dream was heavily influenced by her background and past personal experiences. These include her visits to galvanism experiments, a visit to the Rock of Franks; a castle which translated gives ‘’Frankenstein’’ and her surroundings at the time, which where the Alps that made up the setting for some of the book. Other issues, which might have affected the outcome of the book, are her failed pregnancy, which could be linked to victors mother dieing....   [tags: Free Frankenstein Essays] 1592 words
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The Use of Humor - ... He compares the horror movies to roller coasters: “and horror movies, like roller coasters” (King, 87), and the reactions when watching horror movies to the screams when riding the roller coaster: “horror movie may not surprise a scream out of us at some point, the way we may scream when the roller coaster twists…”. This is a metaphoric comparison to top off the humor. King uses humor in his essay to grasp the reader’s attention and to maintain the giggle: “your insanity leads you only to talk to yourself when you’re under stress or to pick your nose on your morning bus…” (King, 87)....   [tags: irony, horror, style]
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Russian Genocide of Chechens - ... The above facts illuminate the Chechen genocide by Russia. On a related topic, the whole concept of genocide needs to be vanquished. Thought it may never be completely destroyed, the United States government and I can both do things to end and prevent horrors like the Chechen genocide from happening again. The easiest way for me or any other individual to combat genocide is to make a donation. Another simple way for me to end genocide is to be kind to others, especially those different from me and to lead others by my example....   [tags: Joseph Stalin, human horror]
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Reconstruction: Surviving Mass Violence - Craig Scott was just 16 years old when he crowded underneath a desk with his two friends while classmates, Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, acted out a real-life version of a Hollywood scene of ruthless murder, shouting lines from their favorite movie while gunning down kids and teachers in the corridors of Columbine High. Craig remembers the shouting and laughter of the shooters as they burst into the library armed with sawed-off shotguns, a handgun and a 9mm semi-automatic carbine. Craig recalls how his friends were both shot, one slumped dead on either side of him, their blood soaking into his clothes....   [tags: columbine high, horror, shoutings]
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Death's Been Stealing Souls - I turned the tap. It groaned in agony as cold, unwilling water was forced through the old, rusted pipes and out of the recently cleaned, yet still lime scale ridden, tap. The blood on my hands was still warm and liquid; it came off easily under the clear, flowing water. I rubbed the cold bar of soap between my palms. As I scrubbed a little harder at some of the crusty bits of blood that had dried, a bubble escaped my slippery fingers and floated up into the air. It was given a little push by the breeze entering through the open window to my left, which brought with it the smell of fish and chips from the local shop....   [tags: horror,] 954 words
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Macbeth by Shakespeare - This essay will focus on the gothic elements of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ written in 1606, which fully “displays the horror of regicide” due to the unnatural acts that take place throughout, such as; the witches prophecies, nature vs man and Lady Macbeth’s gothic influence. These act as a catalyst for the killing of both King Duncan and Macbeth. However, it could be argued that the main focus of the play is the protagonist’s fall into madness, because of the hamartia, ambition. Poole defines hamartia as “a fatal flaw; as if it were simply an attribute of character....   [tags: gothic, literature, horror of regicide]
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Dimensions of Night of the Living Dead - ... Romero himself related the living dead with lower class citizens, lacking the panache of vampires and mad scientists, and individually weak but powerful in numbers (Hervey 59). Fed up with the oppressive conservatism of the so-called “Silent Majority” that had earlier that year elected the commie-chasing and previously retired Senator Richard Nixon to the Presidency and that seemed intent on foiling any social progress, audiences rejoiced in the “moral ambiguity and refus[ed] to rejoice when order and normality prevail[ed],” as phrased by historian Arthur Schlesinger (Hervey 24)....   [tags: horror film, romero´s image]
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Features of Gothic Horror Displayed in "The Yellow Wallpaper", "The Red Room" and "The Monkey’s Paw" - The purpose of this essay is to discuss how three Victorian writers use the features of Gothic horror to create an atmosphere of foreboding in their short stories. The three stories I will be exploring are The Yellow Wallpaper, The Red Room and The Monkey’s Paw. The red room uses the most traditional gothic horror features. It is exactly like gothic horror because it is set in “Lorraine castle” which has been “abandoned for 18 months”. This is scary because there is old furniture, statues, lots of corridors and corners people could hide behind in a castle....   [tags: The Yellow Wallpaper, The Red Room, The Monkey’s P] 817 words
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Stephen King, A Voice in the Dark - Stephen King; A voice in the Dark “People always ask me why I write such terrifying stories, and my reply always is; Why do you think I have a choice?” Stephen King is one of the world’s bestselling authors (and was before J.K. Rowling published Harry Potter). he is most known for his Horror stories, like IT or ‘Salem’s Lot. But also for his Horror/Fantasy novels, Like The Dark Tower Series. He writes about his fears, his problems, and things he’s overcome, and sometimes the odd. Stephen King (full name is Stephen Edwin King) was born on September 21st, 1947 in the small town of Portland, Maine....   [tags: horror stories, writing, fantasy novels] 1794 words
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Jean Baptiste de Lamarck and Charles Darwin were Historical Evolutionary Scientists - ... This severs the connection to a nodule and pulls the claw downward. The claw which is made of reinforced and thickened bone, pierces the frog’s own skin and through the skin of the toe, (National Geographic, 2008). David Blackburn and his colleagues have said that they do not know what happens when the claw retracts ‘It does not appear to have a muscle to pull it back inside, so the team think it may passively slide back into the toe pad when its muscle relaxes’. In relation to whether the claw leaves a permanent wound Blackburn has said ‘being amphibians, it would not be surprising if some parts of the wound heal and the tissue is regenerated’, (NewScientist, 2008)....   [tags: natural selection, horror frog, survival]
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Analysis of Do Not Weep, Maiden, For War Is King by Stephen Crane - ... At first the poet is speaking to a maiden who has lost her husband to the cruelty of war; “Do not weep, maiden.../Because your lover”-Lines 1/2. Then he turns his attention to the soldier’s daughter “Do not weep, babe.../Because your father”-Lines 12/13. Finally in the fifth stanza the poet is communicating with the soldiers mother, “Mother whose heart hung.../... shroud of your son”-Lines 23/24. The poet does this hoping that readers will feel sympathetic towards these women and spreading sadness through his poem....   [tags: horror, distracton, war, families, mood] 895 words
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The Civil Rights Movement and the Emmett Till´s Murder Case - ... He went to Emmett’s house and tied Emmett’s family members up and forced Emmett into his truck. Emmett proceeded to get into Mr. Bryant’s truck and that’s when the horror story began. After Bryant forced Emmett into his truck they drove to an old abandoned shack. They began to beat him by with a pistol. They then tied him up and shot him in the head. As they were beating him up they gouged one of his eyes. Bryant says “We backed out of killing the mother f***er and were going to take him to a hospital but it came clear the injuries were too extensive for till to survive so they decided to put his a** in the Tallahatchie river.” Since he was too far gone they tied him to a 75 pound fan an...   [tags: african americans, horror, rosa parks] 669 words
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The Horror of Genocide in Our World - ... In Guatemala Daniel Goldhagen explored a burial grave for many of the victims killed during the genocide finding bones and remains of those killed so that families will have a piece of there loved ones. Stated in the movies genocide happened in Guatemala in the 1980’s and outside of the country very few people even know that genocide happened in their country. During the genocide in Guatemala victims were lined up by the large hole dug and then shot until they would fall into the hole and sometime they weren’t dead yet when they were buried in the holes and they were left to suffer....   [tags: killing, war, victims] 1074 words
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The Horror of Shark Finning - ... Shark finning has a lot of cons environmentally today. Our marine ecosystem will collapse soon if shark finning isn't stopped. Sharks are the apex predators and are at the top of the marine ecosystem. As predators, the sharks keep the waters clean by eating other species that live in the ocean. Sharks have a low birth rate, and most sharks only have 1 to 5 babies their whole lifetime. So the shark population is bound to die, because of the killing of young sharks that haven't got the chance to reproduce....   [tags: marine ecosystem issues] 587 words
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The Horror of Animal Experimentation - ... Agricultural companies experiment on farm animals to increase production of chicken, eggs, wool, etc. Companies involved in cosmetics will often use animals to test if their products could possibly cause harm. When researching wound remedies or effects of chemical weapons, the military conducts experiments on animals as well. Most experiments cause horrible pain and suffering to the animal, and usually end in death. These tests include “...everything from testing new drugs to infecting with diseases, poisoning for toxicity testing, burning skin, causing brain damage, implanting electrodes into the brain, maiming, blinding, and other painful and invasive procedures.”- (“Harm and Suffering...   [tags: agriculture, drugs, treatment] 552 words
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The Horror of Honor Killings - ... In some of these cases, both the boy and the girl are killed either secretly by the family members because the respective boy or girl have brought dishonor and disrespect to the family, society or community as a whole. “While it remains a global problem, honor killings seem to be particularly widespread in Pakistan, a deeply patriarchal country plagued by violence, low literacy levels, and a corrupt and ineffective justice system” (Solberg, 2009). In a patriarchal society, the men have complete control and are fully responsible for their women....   [tags: women, sexuality, murder] 1224 words
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