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Stirring up the North to See the Horrors of Slavery: Harriet Jacobs’s Narrative "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" - Educating the North of the horrors of slavery through the use of literature was one strategy that led to the questioning, and ultimately, the abolition of slavery. Therefore, Harriet Jacobs’s narrative Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is very effective in using various tactics in order to get women in the North to pay attention and question the horrifying conditions in the South. By acknowledging that not all slaveholders were inhumane, explaining the horrific abuse and punishments slaves endured, and comparing the manner in which whites and slaves spent their holidays, Jacobs’s narrative serves its purpose of arousing Northern women to take notice of the appalling conditions two million Southern slaves continued to endure....   [tags: Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave G] 1088 words
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Gothic Literature and the Writings of Edgar Allan Poe - There is one known very influential writing style called Gothic Literature. It is not only considered to involve the horror or gothic element but is combined with romance, superstition, women in distress, omens, portents, vision and supernatural events to name a few (Beesly). The history and beginning of this era is not well known. From a few writers came this writing style that has impacted the world. A famous artists known for this type of writing is a man named Edgar Allan Poe. He wrote many short stories and poems that include horror, gothic, and romance just mentioned....   [tags: poets, poetry, writers]
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Resisting the Horrors Apparent in Night - ... Sometimes, S.S. would show off their power by punishing Jews for pointless reasons. When we blame anyone for what has happened in our lives, we showed all our power (Langer 7). For example, witnessing Idek’s affairs, Wiesel gets punished by Idek severely while the other Jews helplessly watched (Wiesel 58). This incident with Elie Wiesel let the other Jews know that if they got into other matters that does not concern them, they would face punishment. Survivors resisted the truth due to the insane activities in the concentration camps....   [tags: Literature Review]
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What Started the Zombie Craze and What Kept Them “Alive”? - 12th Composition --11° 16 December, 2009 What started the zombie craze and what kept them “alive”. AHHHHhhhhhh......... Imagine being awakened by a soft, distance scream. Wide awake, the world returns to being silent except for a racing heartbeat. Suddenly, a soft resonating moan starts to fill the empty air of the bedroom. Looking out the window, the world is an eerie grey with nothing moving but the occasional garbage blowing in the wind. Suddenly the horizon begins to change as a crowd of people begin to emerge....   [tags: Culture ]
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Psycho - ... James Schwartz is one of the most significant critics that isn’t so crazy about the film because he believes that it should be censored due to direct description of the movie’s murder scene. He argues that without limits, Hitchcock presents the morbidity of Marion’s death, which is immoral and most definitely irrational. Schwartz explains that Hitchcock should take account the sensitivity of his scenes so people can accept them. However, George Stade responds to Schwartz’s discussion of Psycho, stating that Schwartz does not view the film into the next level—rather into a level of conventional formation of American horror films....   [tags: Film]
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The Writing of Stephen King - Steven King has long been known as one of the greatest authors of all time. He has been labeled "the King of Horror" and won many awards including the Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, 6 Bram Stoker awards, 6 Horror Guild awards, 5 Locus Awards, 3 World Fantasy Awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004), the 1996 O. Henry award, a Hugo Award in 1982 for the non-fiction Danse Macabre. He was given a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 by the Horror Writers' Association and, controversially, a Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation in 2003....   [tags: Literature, Writers] 1557 words
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Screaming and Moaning and Crying, Oh My! - ... While this is an interesting angle, it begs further dissection that she does not give – she instead picks and chooses random tidbits of revelation and connection, without really proving her “theory.” Specifically, she does not prove that it is only these three body genres – pornography, horror and “weepies” – that accomplish the desired physical effect on audiences through the use of excess. She rather neglects or ignores the idea that all genres are built on excess and that all films are made to insight a physical effect on viewers....   [tags: Linda Williams, gross, film]
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Stephen King - BIOGRAPHY ON STEPHEN KING Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947, the son of Donald and Nellie Ruth king. His father, a merchant seaman, deserted the family in about 1950. His mother took a succession of low-paying jobs to support him and his brother, David. A lonely, rather introverted child, King invented a more outgoing alter ego – Cannonball Cannon, a daredevil who “did good deeds” – and derived other vicarious thrills from listening to tales of horror on the radio, reading such spine-tingling comic books as Weird Science, Tales from the Crypt, and Tales from the Vault....   [tags: Essays Papers] 784 words
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Genre Criticism of Stanley Kubricks The Shining - Genre Criticism of Stanley Kubricks The Shining The true measure of success for any film lies in its ability to establish a relationship with its audience. Perhaps more than in any other genre, the horror film must be aware of this relationship and manage it carefully. After all, the purpose of a horror film is not necessarily to invoke thought, but rather to evoke an emotional reaction from its audience. Horror films of all types have used frightening images, disturbing characters, and thrilling sequences to inspire fear....   [tags: Shining Stanley Kubricks Essays] 1815 words
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Tension In The Red Room and Farthing House - How Do HG Wells And SusanHill Create Tension In The Ghost Stories The Red Room, And Farthing House. The two stories I am going to be comparing are 'The Red Room' by H.G Wells and 'Farthing House by Susan Hill. Both 'The Red Room', and 'Farthing House', are typical horror stories in a way in which blood, guts and gore do not come into. The stories were written almost 100 years apart. Despite the 100-year gap there are still many similarities. 'The Red Room' was written in 1896, whereas 'Farthing House' was written in 1992/93....   [tags: English Literature] 761 words
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Uses of the Conventions of the Gothic Story in "The Yellow Wallpaper" and "A Rose for Emily" - In the eighteenth century, Gothic story was an extremely popular form of literature, and it has been a major genre since then. "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner are both Gothic horror stories consisting madness and suspense. The Gothic horror story carries particular conventions in its setting, theme, point of view, and characterisation. Both Gilman and Faulkner follow the conventions of the Gothic horror story to create feelings of gloom, mystery, and suspense that are essential for compelling stories....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 1463 words
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Comparing and Contrasting "The Ring" and "Ringu" - There are two main differences between the movies, The Ring, and Ringu that make them stand apart from eachother. The Ring was more believable and seemed to me to be more of a horror movie, than Ringu. Because of these points, I heavily favored The Ring. There were many things in the plot and even in the actors themselves that made Ringu seem less believable as a story, and as equally less believable as a horror movie. First, the psychic storyline in Ringu seemed farfetched and rather ridiculous....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 882 words
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Accepting the Extraordinary in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein - My life, although not without surprises and unusual events, is dictated by predictable and ordinary elements. However, through fiction I am transported into a world of boundless imagination and extraordinary themes. One such example is evident in my response to Mary Shelley’s gothic novel Frankenstein. Through fiction, Shelley invites the reader to accept the extraordinary. Firstly, we are led to believe that Victor Frankenstein is able to create life by shocking it with electricity, and to this I responded with an imaginative curiosity....   [tags: Mary Shelley] 1603 words
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Poe - What is the total effect of a story. The total effect of a story is the specific response an author expects to get from his/her readers. In "The Tell-Tale Heart," by Edgar Allen Poe, is complete and total horror. The setting, plot, character and even point of view contribute to this total effect of horror. The setting contributes to this total effect in several different ways. All of the shudders in the house were closed, so no one could see anything from the outside in or the inside out....   [tags: essays research papers] 598 words
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The Ring - Recently, American Cinema has been the victim of countless horror movies that are aimed at the teen audiences and based on some type of urban legend. Films such as I Know What You Did Last Summer, Scream, and The Blair Witch Project pollute numberless aisles of video rental stores. These films are badly conceived and produced; they fail to elicit any emotion resembling fear, doing a better job at causing a movie viewer to chuckle at the mediocrity of their inherent horror. The Ring is a screenplay by Ehren Kruger and directed by Gore Verbinski that is wonderfully more terrifying than other urban legend "horror" movies of recent production....   [tags: Film] 511 words
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A Case Study of Universal Studios - A Case Study of Universal Studios Universal was a relatively minor studio, one of the ‘Little Three’ companies (the others being Columbia and United Artists), which lacked their own theatres and depended for exhibition outlets on the cinema circuits of the ‘Big Five’ (Warner Bros, RKO, Fox, Paramount and MGM), the vertically integrated majors. The company established itself in the 1920s under the ownership of Carl Laemmle and adapted its studio to sound production relatively early: by 1930, all of its releases were ‘talkies’....   [tags: Papers] 490 words
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Analysis of the Opening Sequences of John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) and Wes Craven’s Scream (1996) - Analysis of the Opening Sequences of John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) and Wes Craven’s Scream (1996) I’ am going to analyse the opening sequence of Halloween (1978) and Scream (1996). I will be accounting for the differences and similarities between the two films. To do this successfully, I will be looking at the films’ characters, narratives, film language, organization and ideology and target audience. In the opening of ‘Halloween’ Michael Myer’s sister was represented as passive because she didn’t put a fight whereas in ‘Scream’, Drew Barrymore character isn’t represented as passive and puts up a good fight and defends her self, nearly getting away from the killer....   [tags: Papers] 556 words
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Suspense and Mystery in 'The Monkey's Paw' and 'The Red Room' - In this essay, I am going to compare ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ by W.W Jacobs with ‘The Red Room’ by H.G Wells. I am going to examine how both the writers create suspense and mystery in the stories. ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ is basically about a paw which can be used to grant wishes for its owner. In humour, the White family make their first wish without considering what had happened to the people before them, also they are ignoring that the consequences will be disastrous. ‘The Red Room’ is about a man determined to prove that there are no ghosts in Lorraine Castle....   [tags: Literature Analysis] 1532 words
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Analysis of Methods used by Mary Shelley in Chapter Five of ‘Frankenstein’ and Its Significance to the Novel as a Whole - ‘Frankenstein’ was written by Mary Shelley and was published in 1818, when she was only 19 years old. It was published anonymously and was thought to have been written by Percy Shelley as it contained conventions similar to those in his poetry. ‘Frankenstein’ is a gothic horror novel and along with Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’, is one of the best known and most widely read horror novel of all time. It continues to be read and is thought to be ‘more relevant now than ever’, due to the rapid advances in science and technology....   [tags: Literature Analysis] 2140 words
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H.P. Lovecraft’s Fascination in Supernatural Theories - H.P. Lovecraft’s fascination in supernatural theories plays into a main basis for his novels. (Wohleber) With the unknown lurking, Lovecraft incorporates horror through the use of psychological fear as a form of expression making it become crucial for many of his works. At the Mountains of Madness encompasses this thought by the expeditions before and after effects on the characters. The urge to be a success fills the scientists up with courage to embark on such a dangerous trip; however, after the trip the survivors, Danforth and Dyer, had lost all sense of sanity....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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The Formulaic and Episodic X-Files and Supernatural - ... That was up until the last couple of decades where a new model of television has arisen: narrative complexity (Mittel, 2006, p.29). This study is not interested in the factors that led to ‘narrative complexity,’ but instead, focus on what it is, and how The X-Files and Supernatural adhere to it. Mittel identifies that The X-Files ‘exemplifies’ the model of ‘narrative complexity’: an ‘interplay between the demands of episodic and serial storytelling’ (2006, p.33). Narrative complexity is not the only development in American television that has seen a rise in the last two decades....   [tags: Television Review]
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Monster: The Story of Norman Bates - ... Norman’s psychotic ways are also revealed through Hitchcock’s use of motifs. His repeated use of birds have an underlying meaning of Norman’s dangerousness. His hobby is avian taxidermy and in numerous shots birds are displayed in the background. A shot of when the mise en scene evokes his eerie connection towards his hobby is in the parlor. The parlor is decorated with his stuffed trophy birds mounted on the walls or on stands - an enormous predatory, nocturnal owl with outstretched wings, and a raven....   [tags: film, psychology, psycho, Alfred Hitchcock]
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Role of Women in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness - The Role of Women in Heart of Darkness             In the tale Heart of Darkness, Kurtz, a European "White Knight", sets out on a crusade to win the hearts and minds of the lesser African people. Kurtz was ignorant of the degree to which Africa is dangerous, wild, timeless, feminine, unfettered by letters, religious, and vibrant. His love turns to rape when he discovers how unfitted he is to master the magnificent vitality of a natural world. The difference between Europe and Africa is the difference between two secondary symbols: the European woman who has helped to puff up Kurtz's pride and the African woman who has helped to deflate him....   [tags: Heart Darkness essays]
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A Feminist Reading of Buffy the Vampire Slayer - A Feminist Reading of Buffy the Vampire Slayer        In numerous interviews, creator Joss Whedon has explained that the inspiration for Buffy the Vampire Slayer struck while he was watching horror films and TV shows in which pretty women run away from or get killed by monsters in alleyways. Whedon claims he wanted to give this paradigmatic girl-victim a new role: that of the monster-killing hero. Whedon's explanation of his own artistic inspiration reveals at least two things about him as a film-viewer and maker: first, his description suggests his awareness of the pervasive, archetypal quality of the traditional, mainstream horror film....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]
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Nightmarish Themes In Edgar Al - Themes in Works by Edgar Allan Poe Horror stories seem to provoke a certain feeling inside all of us. They can make us scared, nervous, or even just amazed. If a horror story is told well, it can make just about any reader cringe. There are certain elements that must be in a horror story to really make it frightening. Some of these elements include the setting, the characters, a feeling of suspense, foreshadowing, and unexpected events. All of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories and poems seem to bring about a whimsical and nightmarish feeling in the reader....   [tags: essays research papers] 724 words
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How The Others and Nosferatu Establish a Genre and Narrative - How The Others and Nosferatu Establish a Genre and Narrative In this essay I am going to compare and discuss the ways in which the opening titles of Frederich Murnau's Nosferatu and Alejandro Amenabar's The Others establish horror genre and narrative. The two films differ a great deal and hopefully I will be able to describe each one in detail. Although both Nosferatu and The Others are stereotypically horror films they each have their own purpose and ways to put horror across to the audience....   [tags: Papers] 554 words
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Stephen King Using Gothic Literature - Stephen King is known as one of the greatest horror and gothic writers of our time. The reason for this is his ability to fuse the gothic elements created by stories such as Dracula or Frankenstein and todays horror. King has written hundreds of short stories but two in-particular “The Night Flier” and “Popsy” show his unique ability to combined gothic elements from the old literature with realistic settings and people of our era. One of his greater talents is being able to use gothic element like vampires and make us see them in a different light....   [tags: Stephen King] 908 words
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Stephen King - Stephen King is a well-known and talented horror/fiction author who has published over eleven books in the last two decades. His great stories of horror and fantasy have been enjoyed by kids and adults starting from his first best-seller, Carrie. King's wit and style of writing has made him one of the most popular horror story authors today. Stephen King's life has not been an easy one. he was born on September 21, 1947, in Portland Maine(Bleiler, 1038). His father left when he was two and gave him only a collection of supernatural fiction stories(Bleiler, 1038)....   [tags: essays research papers] 425 words
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HOW ARE TENSION AND SUSPENSE BUILT UP AND MAINTAINED IN AT LEAST TWO - HOW ARE TENSION AND SUSPENSE BUILT UP AND MAINTAINED IN AT LEAST TWO GOTHIC HORROR STORIES. The original use of the term `Gothic Horror' was applied to a group of novels, including Mary Shelley's `Frankenstein', written before 1914. These novels usually included some or all of the following characteristics, which seem demonstrative of the original use of the term `Gothic': An emphasis on portraying the terrifying, a common insistence on archaic settings, a prominent use of the supernatural, the presence of highly stereotyped characters, barbarism as opposed to elegance, and the attempt to set up and perfect techniques of literary suspense....   [tags: English Literature] 3373 words
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Comparing Lethal Weapon and Seven - Comparing Lethal Weapon and Seven Lethal weapon and Seven have a few distinct similarities for example their genres are very alike. Lethal weapon is a crime horror and so is Seven. Seven is a lot darker than lethal weapon as lethal weapon has some humour in it. I think seven is a lot more on the side of the horror but features a lot of police drama as well. The stars are quite similar there is one black star and one white. In seven these are Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt. In both films the plot starts very quickly, in seven the first thing that happens is we get introduced to both characters and the transition from the old cop and the new cop....   [tags: Papers] 821 words
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Anime - Anime Anime is the Japanese take on the word "animation". It represents the Japanese style of animating cartoons. However, not all anime is for children. Majority imported to America is aimed at an adult audience- containing deep storylines, graphic violence, gore, as well as nudity and adult situations. This cinematic genre is a fast growing trend in the west and can now possibly be considered the most popular phenomenon among children, considering the success of the much-in-demand anime series "Pokémon"....   [tags: essays papers] 1151 words
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David Cronenberg - David Cronenberg The director I chose to do my Analysis/Research paper on is was David Cronenberg. After screening The Dead Zone, Cronenberg’s work impressed me. Prior to this class I had never heard his name, even though I had seen previous works such as The Fly. Since I had already viewed this movie I resorted to alternate movies he had directed. I was able to locate The Brood and Videodrome. The main reason I chose Cronenberg for my director had to do with his style. His movies are not the typical horror flick one has come used to today....   [tags: essays papers] 1548 words
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Analysis -- Buffy The Vampire - Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a difficult media to classify into one genre. An obvious classification of the programme¡¦s genre would be horror; but this isn¡¦t entirely true, because the show has more concepts and themes that a horror movie would, and deals with more issues as well. The show uses elements contained in the more fantasy-orientated horror movies (such as Dracula): these include mythological beings such as vampires, demons and zombies; things that aren¡¦t always contained in horror movies....   [tags: essays research papers] 1686 words
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Heart Of Darkness - The Horror &#9;Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is a novel where the main character Marlow is telling a story of a trip to the Congo. This novel is said to possibly be an autobiography of Conrad’s life at sea. This is said because Conrad was a seaman for a many years and went into Africa many times. The story is so powerful that even after 100 years, we still struggle with its meaning. This story has been retold by Francis Ford Coppola in the film Apocalypse Now. Chinua Achebe has recently explored Conrad’s ideas on imperialism....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Heart Of Darkness - “Did he live his life again in every detail of desire, temptation, and surrender during that supreme moment of complete knowledge. He cried in a whisper at some image, at some vision-he cried out twice, a cry that was no more than a breath: The horror. The horror!” What horror is Kurtz recounting as his final words. Truths lie inside the inner soul of all human beings, it is just a matter of when and where they will come out. Kurtz choose to let his be known as his passing words. An epiphany, a passing glimpse, the realization of what he has created and destroyed, willingly, or blindly going about hacking through the jungle blindfolded, searching for something of extrinsic importance....   [tags: essays research papers] 2203 words
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The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris - The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris The novel The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris is said to fall under the genre of psychological horror. The stories that fall under the genre of horror include a few essential elements: a villain or one seen as evil to create an initial story line. The foil is the next element; a foil is a person who tries to stop the villain from going through with the evil plan or plot. These two elements naturally lead to conflict between the two persons or groups and then from this conflict -- suspense, the last element is added....   [tags: Thomas Harris Silence Lambs Essays] 1293 words
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Total Effect of "The Tragedy of Macbeth" - The Shadow “The Tragedy of Macbeth”, written by William Shakespeare, gives the reader an impact of the horror at the darkness in humans. In the story, the most dominant literary element is the theme. The theme brings out the impact of horror, while the other literary elements support it. One of the most evident quotes that made me think of the horror of darkness in humans was said by Macbeth, “Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires…” This quote showed that Macbeth was heavily influenced by his ambitions....   [tags: essays research papers] 922 words
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What is scary in Frankenstein? - What is scary in Frankenstein. In her 1831 introduction Mary Shelley relays her task, to “awaken thrilling horror- none to make the reader dread to look round, to curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart.” In the nineteenth century, horror, fear and disgust were the proper responses to creations that failed to conform to neoclassical aesthetic ideals of unified ideals, harmonious composition of parts in simple regularity and proportion. Victor’s overwhelming feelings of horror and disgust on seeing his hideously disproportionate creature come to life display the reaction of society to Frankenstein as a novel (Fred Botting.) In general, people were far more religious then and would have balked in horror at someone giving life to a being such as the monster....   [tags: English Literature] 2114 words
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Chapter Four of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley - Chapter Four of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley The novel, 'Frankenstein' written in 1816 approaches many key issues, which were as relevant then as they are today. At the time there were many scientists who were experimenting in the area of making life, and Shelley addresses this as the main point of her novel. The novel is still as popular as it was in 1818 (when it was first published) due to the way it discusses issues, such as prejudice and parent/child relationships, which are still relevant to modern society....   [tags: Papers] 1990 words
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Comparing the Creation Scene in James Whale's 1931 Frankenstein and Kenneth Brannagh's 1994 Frankenstein - Comparing the Creation Scene in James Whale's 1931 Frankenstein and Kenneth Brannagh's 1994 Frankenstein James Whale’s 1931 portrayal of Frankenstein when compared to Kenneth Brannagh’s alternate account from 1994 reveals some similarities but also many differences in the way they try to evoke emotions such as horror, fear and expectation from the audience and keep the plot moving. To do this, the directors have used a series of techniques, including: camera shots, use of sound and music, use of lighting and shadows, and mise-en-scene....   [tags: Whale Brannagh Film Cinematography] 4501 words
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Tragedy in Literature - Tragedy in Literature A tragic story represents the downfall of goods and destruction by evil. Tragedy is a descending story shape. It can be compared to the season of fall because both fall and tragedy go from good to evil where living things die. Tragedy starts with "Destruction of the Beautiful," in which virtuous characters are destroyed through no fault of their own; this descends to "The Death of Innocence" where faultless characters meet the realities of life and are changed forever; "Triumph and Defeat" shows us a state where a quest either fails or triumphs but in the midst of suffering; "Pride and Death" in which a character who is familiar with evil is presented with affliction; "Nothingness" where a character only knows suffering and evil in life; and "Horror" where a victim of great horror can only escape through death....   [tags: Papers] 722 words
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Analysis of Jeepers Creepers Video Box Cover - Analysis of Jeepers Creepers Video Box Cover I have chosen to analyse the front and back of the video box cover of 'Jeepers Creepers'. In my opinion, Jeepers Creepers is a horror and a teenage slasher movie as the paramount colours used are red and black which is symbolic for danger, blood and death. The images, which are used, are extreme close-ups of the two main characters. (which bits of them. What are they doing?) There is also a central image showing the two characters shining a torch down a tunnel, this could also be an enigmatic code as the audience asks what will they find down the tunnel....   [tags: Papers] 628 words
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How Writers of 19th Century Stories Create Tension and Suspense - How Writers of 19th Century Stories Create Tension and Suspense The writers in 19th century stories create tension and suspense through the use of gothic horror. This style of writing is designed to frighten and panic and cause dread and alarm. It innovates our hidden worst fears often in a terrifying, shocking finale, while captivating and entertaining us at the same time in a cathartic experience. Horrors effectively centre on the dark side of life, the forbidden, and the strange and alarming events....   [tags: Papers] 1464 words
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Women and Religion in the Film Alien and Frankenstein - Women and Religion in the Movie Alien and Shelly's Frankenstein The issue of religion in women's horror is much like the issue of class. In most major organized religions there is a definite patriarchal structure of male dominance. The Father, the Son, the Pope, bishops and priests are all part of this structure that mostly lack woman influences. The religious structure reflects the male dominated society as a whole. As one would expect, women are frightful and perhaps horrified at this exclusionary system and in women's horror the idea of a woman Christ figure has been brought forth....   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast] 942 words
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The Importance of Duncan’s Murder in Macbeth - The Importance of Duncan’s Murder in Macbeth         In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the repercussions of Macbeth murdering his King are very numerous. Through themes that include, imagery, soliloquies, atmosphere, and supernatural beings, Shakespeare enforces the magnitude of Macbeth’s crime. Most of these factors are linked together. One of the main ways in which the horror of the murder is underlined is through the Great Chain of Being. At the time this play was written, it was believed that there was a hierarchy in the universe, with God being at the top, then angels, then the King, then man, and finally animals....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Comparing Women's and Men's Fears in Frankenstein and Pet Sematary - Comparing Women's and Men's Fears in Frankenstein and Pet Sematary      Childbirth and the resulting mother/child relationship are realities for women that leave plenty of room for anxiety. It is no wonder, then, that these themes of birth and motherhood should be featured prominently in women's horror. In contrast, men's horror tends not to focus on these fears, but, instead, focuses on the act of intercourse (the nuts and bolts of making a baby) and the man's fear of the woman's strange childbearing power....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe - The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe Symbols and imagery of horror and death in a story touch the reader like a fingertip against a chord and can make the heart resonate with fear and woe as the suspended lute with tone. The verbal illustration that is used in the opening phrase in Edgar Allen Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher" is as strong as the imagery of dismay utilized throughout the rest of the story, like the dark and gloomy house. The vivid colors and visuals in the story not only force the reader to picture the surroundings in his or her mind, but also contain the hidden connotations of gravity and despair....   [tags: Fall House Usher Poe Essays]
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