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Stephen King and Horror Films - ... These categories are the basic building blocks used in today's horror media today. This topic here will cover the general types of horror we see often in video games which are the “Psychological horror” and “Survival horror”. First let’s start with psychological horror. Originally stemming from the traditional Japanese horror film genre, it focuses on the use of a disturbing atmosphere and narrative in order to create fear. Whilst differing from the other two horror types, psychological horror works more on a mental level....   [tags: japanese horror films, pyschologicla, survival]
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The Guilty Blade: A Narrative Fiction - ... Silence shrieked. The moon gleamed sharply as it steadily shaped its emotionless shadows. There were no stars and no hope. Suddenly a vague shadow appeared into my sight. My body shivered with fear. Everything was static around me. I nervously took several steps forward. As I breathed in, my lungs were filled with horror. Panic and fright was transmitted through my nerves. There it stood in the dark, scary, immovable shadows of the trees. Lighting struck through the sulky, furious, opaque sky followed by thunderous roars....   [tags: cell, friend, house, shadow, horror, blade] 665 words
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Mainstream Horror Story - ... The cackling returned, and a screeching voice howled “Enjoy your last hours” “I can save us!” Missy cried. She ripped the guitar case out of Viola’s hands and sprinted at the door smashing the case into it. The case ricocheted off the doors and hit Missy square in the forehead. She slumped onto the floor eyes crossed. Cal and Beau rushed to her side. “Are you okay?!” Beau whispered to her, desperately trying to maintain a charming smolder in case she would choose this moment to fall in love with him. “What’s the square root of Pi?” Cal demanded....   [tags: personal narrative] 739 words
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Who Are You?: A Fictional Narrative - ... Since the bus landed right in quicksand we were trapped. I woke up with lots of scratches but I didn’t sprain my ankle or arm. I woke up and I called every other person on the bus and told them to exit the back emergency exit. The bus driver, Mr. Paul, helped us get out of the bus. We all got out and walked. Then we sat down. After a little while I thought that Audrey and I should ask Mr. Paul if we could look for any help like a person, a home or something that could get us all back home. He said yes but he also asked a boy to come with us....   [tags: dark, magic, school, horror, depressed] 1522 words
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I Love Horror - I Love Horror This is no fantasy. This is no fallacious delusion of a sick, twisted mind. This is the honest-to-God truth. I love horror novels. Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe are my idols. Perhaps having these two, demented madmen as my personal mentors sounds sick, but I tend to think as they do. Most of my writings are short stories of horror (usually about the length of Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Masque of the Red Death"). My friends often ask me four questions: "Why do you not publish some of your work?" and "Where do you get your ideas from?" and "What is it like writing this horror stuff?" and "Why do you like writing horror stories?"...   [tags: Personal Narrative Essays] 815 words
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Compare and Contrast the Ways in Which Two Films Use Horror Genre Conventions - This essay critically analyses and discusses the semantic and syntactic areas of what defines a horror genre in films. Followed by a case study of an animated film which supports and demonstrates theses horror film conventions. Then another case study which challenges and questions its position in the chosen genre. To decide whether it does hold elements of the horror conventions in both semantic and syntactic point of view, or possibly sway towards a different category of film. Before discussing the forms and functions of what defines a horror film....   [tags: Horror Genre Films]
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The Appeal of the Horror Genre - ... Norman Bates, the central character in the film, was an awkward, gently-spoken young man reluctantly running the declining family motel and caring for his abusive, invalid mother. This was far from a monster the audience were used to seeing on screen. As the film progresses the audience are asked to see it from his point of view and Hitchcock toys with their sympathies in a way mainstream horrors hadn't done before. Psycho is credited with launching the "slasher” movie and re-inventing the genre, giving birth to the modern horror and moving the location of scary castles to everyday locations and changing the killer from monsters to humans....   [tags: suspense, theater, violence] 846 words
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Types of Horror Associated with Media - Rough Draft Essay Topic: What are the types of horrors associated with media. As the main topic suggests, what are the types of horrors associated with media. First off, you might want to think about what your definition of fear is, what unsettles you, and what rubs you the wrong way. Well according to Stephen King, this can be broken down into three types; which is the gross-out, horror, and terror. The gross-out in this case is what it is. It’s things we as humans find disgusting, morbid, or diseased....   [tags: Silent Hill, Video Games] 986 words
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The Role of Horror in the Gothic Writing - English literature in the Romantic period can be characterised as emphasising on free and natural utterance of authors’ feelings as the reaction toward the world. Romantic authors stress on the influence of feelings over rationality and mind over body—they admire the potential power of human’s mind to engage in the external world emotionally, reflect on it and envisage a spiritual and idealistic one through imagination. In Gothic writing, an important genre in Romantic literature, authors try to evoke readers’ fear and anxiety, cultivate their sensibility and explore human’s mind through presenting horrible myths and supernatural....   [tags: Romanticism, Gothic Writing]
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History of Horror Films - Nosferatu is a widely inspirational horror, originally made in 1922 it can be interpreted as a stepping stone for cinema not only horror. The story is based loosely on a Dracula theme and in its day it was truly terrifying. As horrors have adapted this production no longer has the same effect in evoking terror within an audience however it has created an outline of which other successful horrors have followed on from. It uses the key element of fantasy characters, ghouls and ghosts aren’t real yet they appear frequently in horrors....   [tags: Nosferatu, dracula, film analysis]
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Why We Crave Horror Movies by Stephen King - Stephen King wrote a very brief essay titled "Why we Crave Horror Movies", in which he explained some of the reasons that people choose to go to horror movies to be entertained. In his essay, King goes on to explain that we as a people need horror movies as a sort of release; to feed the darker elements within all of us without having to sacrifice our humanity (also, civility). King does this by comparing people based on their levels of sanity whereas some societal "eccentricities" are completely acceptable, while some will get you thrown right into the loony bin....   [tags: Why We Crave Horror Movies] 930 words
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Horror Genre Films - ... A horror movies tradition is to include a large amount of violence and gore into the plot. Though the genre has its own style, Horror film often overlap into Thriller and Science-Fiction genre (Alien, 1979). Technical codes in horror movies commonly builds up the tension in the scenes being filmed, Using Long takes (Hostel, 2005). All Horror movies use the key of low key lighting very commonly in Documentary horror genre to enhance the suspense of what is occurring (the Blair Witch Project, 1999)....   [tags: movie making] 577 words
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The Landscape of Horror: Exploration of Genre and Setting - The Landscape of Horror: Exploration of Genre and Setting Setting is an integral feature of literature, but the hierarchy of narrative mechanics varies depending upon genre. In tragedy the conflict could rank as the greatest element based on the conflict’s ability to incite emotion in the reader. In horror fiction the setting is greatly fundamental because outside forces (i.e. elements, landscape and the unknown) incite fear in the characters and readers which in turn accelerates the plot; Also the setting plays a hand in molding the atmosphere, tone and theme of a piece....   [tags: literary elements, litrerature]
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The Horror Genre - The Horror Genre The Horror Genre has been very popular ever since Etienne Robertson, the pioneer of film horror, made the first film. The film 'Phantasmagoria' was more of a theatre shadow play. It was made during the French revolution. Since then, thousands of Horror films have been made. Many developments have been used in newer films such as special effects and 3-D animation. A genre is formed when a type of film has certain elements that become essential to that type of film....   [tags: Papers] 601 words
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Parody of a Typical Horror Film - Parody of a Typical Horror Film The idea for my production has come from unit 2 film and broadcast fiction. I will be working within a group of four and we plan to produce a parody of the typical horror film. We will also be combining the fake world of horror films with the nearly real world of docu-soaps to make the film more interesting. This is going to be attempted by setting our horror within a docu-soap. We will be using an omniscient narrative meaning the audience will know more than what the characters do....   [tags: Papers] 944 words
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Subliminal Context of Horror within Frankenstein by Mary Shelley - ... Knowledge is the common subject of blind ambition. Frankenstein delves deep into __, at the expense of his health and sanity. “ If the study to which you apply yourself has a tendency to weaken your affections, and to destroy your taste for those simple pleasure in which no alloy can possible mix, then that study is certainly unlawful…[and] not benefitting the human mind” (58). Frankenstein also fears what he cannot control. His refusal to finish the creation of the monsters mate is what sparks the primary antagonistic action of the monster....   [tags: gothic, monster, supernatural]
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Personal Narrative- A Preventable Death - Personal Narrative- A Preventable Death He looks at his watch and realizes that he has to leave now before he gets yelled at due to missing the 12:00 curfew. Upon my cousin Sean's arrival home, he begged his mom for an extended curfew, after all he was the star of the 19991 homecoming football game at Royalton high school, he should have been able to stay out later. After losing this fight with rather stubborn mom, and her giving him a stern "Sean I am not going over this again, it is late and I would like you to live until morning, so you need to go downstairs and get some sleep." he hung his head and went downstairs....   [tags: Personal Narrative] 1015 words
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Photographers Build a Narrative Story - ... Henry Peach Robinson was a Pictorialist photographer in the 1800s who was notable for his combination prints where he mimicked the look of British genre paintings, using appropriate backdrops and costumed models. He became fond of mixing artificial elements with reality to create these carefully constructed photographs. Critics at the time felt this was 'dishonest' and would ruin the practice's chance to be respected as a form of art, however it is now recognised as an influence for contemporary photographers....   [tags: images. prints, cinematic] 965 words
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Personal Narrative - Slumber Party - Personal Narrative -Slumber Party Thump-thump, breathe thump-thump, breath. My heart beat as if it was pounding out through my brain; I tried to catch my breath. I heard footsteps coming up behind me like an elephant chasing at my heels. A scream pierced my ears and echoed many times in my mind. My thoughts raced from one thing to another. After locking the door, the four of us clinched in a corner for nearly an hour. My day had begun normal. I remember I woke up, went to school and found myself with my friends that afternoon....   [tags: Personal Narrative Essays] 1156 words
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The Woman in Black vs The Evil Dead - Driven by filmgoers’ fascination for thrills and chills, the horror genre has continued to scare, entertain and induce nightmares into all that succumb to the genre. Taking influence from the Victorian gothic novel, Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein (1819), horror is one of the most recognisable film genres thanks, in part, to the codes and conventions practiced during the production process of horror filmmaking. Film codes and conventions refer to ‘the rules by the which narrative is governed’ (Hayward, p 68), how film techniques are implemented to distinguish a films genre....   [tags: horror film genre, gothic]
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Personal Narrative- Cousin's Death - Personal Narrative- Cousin's Death It is amazing how many things we take for granted. We make plans for the day, and don't think twice about how those plans can be taken away in the blink of an eye. I never thought much about it myself, until I was faced with the shock, and undeniable truth of my cousin's death. I don't think anyone really thinks about tragedy until they are actually faced with shocking news. My mom had been going to school in Greeley and staying at my Aunt Margaret's house ....   [tags: Personal Narrative Essays] 1688 words
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Suspense Is Crucial in Horror and Thriller Films - ... This is done through the use of the colour red presented through a coat and lipstick that two female characters wear. The character who seems to be the mother of a family was originally viewed wearing a cream coloured coat, but as the scene changes, she has changed to a black dress. This also symbolizes her fate within the movie. Secondly, a round about is used where a child character is laying. As she is not spinning it herself, it suggests that she is not in control of her actions which could later reveal many characteristics she has....   [tags: basic ingredients in cinematography]
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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave: A Masterpiece of Propaganda When was the last time you were exposed to propaganda. If you think it was more than a day ago, you are probably unaware of what propaganda really is. According to Donna Woolfolk Cross in “Propaganda: How not to be Bamboozled,” propaganda is “simply a means of persuasion” (149). She further notes that we are subjected daily to propaganda in one form or another as advertisers, politicians, and even our friends attempt to persuade us to use their product, vote for them, or adopt their point of view....   [tags: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass]
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Tension in Edgar Allen Poe´s The Tell Tale Heart and The Cask of Amontillado - ... Similarly, The Cask of Amontillado, is set in a confined, discreet location inside the abandoned house of Montressor, the main antagonist. As the two characters descend down the stairs of the vaults, the narrator constantly describes the catacombs, peaking the reader’s curiosity. “At the most remote end of the crypt there appeared another less spacious. Its walls had been lined with human remains, piled to the vault overhead, in the fashion of the great catacombs of Paris.” Because the surroundings of the catacombs are full of human remains and bones, it also indicates a bad omen and a sinister atmosphere....   [tags: murder, horror, suspense, actions, setting] 842 words
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The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave - The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave was written by Frederick Douglass himself. He was born into slavery in Tuckahoe, Maryland in approximately 1817. He has, "…no accurate knowledge of my age, never having seen any authentic record containing it" (47). He became known as an eloquent speaker for the cause of the abolitionists. Having himself been kept as a slave until he escaped from Maryland in 1838, he was able to deliver very impassioned speeches about the role of the slave holders and the slaves....   [tags: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass]
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Gender Depiction in Horror Films - Gender Depiction in Horror Films There has been a large variety of horror films produced throughout the last fifty years. People are always going to be frightened and scared by different types of horror films. But, what type of horror film scares more people, and were men or women more frightened by these horror films. Each one of the horror films had its own agenda to frighten its audience using several different methods of horror. Some of these methods were more so directed at the female audience than the male audience....   [tags: Movies Film Analysis Gender Sex Essays Papers]
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Horror in China in the Case Study, A Chinese Ghost Story - National Identity is the notion and cohesive whole of a nation. It’s the particular way factors such as culture, language and tradition build a nation. In this essay I will examine how Hong Kong (HK) horror is empirical to the nation’s identity. My case study will be ‘A Chinese Ghost Story’ (1987) as well as other supportive substantiations i.e. Books and websites. The integrity within Chinas national identity is said to be ephemeral changing since the archaic China. After The Treaty of Nanjing (1842-1997) was signed to end the first Opium war, HK became a crown colony of the Great British Empire (GBE) on a lease for 99 years....   [tags: betrayed, intruder, violence]
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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave - From before the country’s conception to the war that divided it and the fallout that abolished it, slavery has been heavily engrained in the American society. From poor white yeoman farmers, to Northern abolitionist, to Southern gentry, and apathetic northerners slavery transformed the way people viewed both their life and liberty. To truly understand the impact that slavery has had on American society one has to look no further than those who have experienced them firsthand. Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave and advocate for the abolitionist, is on such person....   [tags: biography, slavery, american society]
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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas Frederick Douglas, a slave born in Tuckahoe Maryland, was half white and half black. His mother was a black woman and his father a white man. Though he never knew his father, there was word that it was his master. Douglas wrote this narrative and I felt that it was very compelling. It really showed me the trials and tribulations that a black man went through during times of slavery. In his early years, Douglas lived on a farm where he watched many slaves receive harsh beatings and whippings....   [tags: Slave Narratives] 712 words
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The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass - Slavery was a fulsome practice that was practiced by the Southern states in the antebellum and Civil War period. This practice viewed today, and by some then as morally unacceptable, was accepted in Southern society as a necessary evil. Many Northerners and some Southerners alike did not know how slaves suffered, but one slave would show how the slaves suffered. This slave's name was Frederick Douglass. In his book The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, he exposed the horrors of slavery....   [tags: slavery, civil war, antebellum period]
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Personal Narrative: Death in a Dream - Dream a Little Dream My grandmother always said, “you cannot choose between life or death while sleeping”. When you are sleeping, your body practically doesn’t belong to you. Its almost as though you have no control over anything that might happen to you in your dreams, especially if it is something dangerous. When I ask people why this happens, they theorize that a powerful force or being has entrapped your body. You could end up dying in your dreams, thus leading to your death or illness in reality....   [tags: Narrative Essay Dying Death Asleep] 944 words
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Examining the Impact of Social Class in Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw - Examining the Impact of Social Class in James’s The Turn of the Screw Throughout the latter half of the second millennium, horror fiction, or horror fantasy, began to emerge as an overwhelmingly popular literary tool utilized by various authors across the globe. In the late 18th, 19th and 20th century specifically, gothic horror and horror literature manifested themselves as one of the most desired literary genres, representing some of the most well-known authors and works of the time. The works of Edgar Allen Poe and others were extremely popular among 19th century readers as they brought horror literature to the mainstream and exposed the world to a unique and re-defined form of entertain...   [tags: horror fiction, gender issues]
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Slave Narrative - The purpose of a slave narrative during the American abolition movement was to directly address the violent truth of slavery. But to what effect did the truth of their autobiographical stories have on readers at the time. Within this essay, I am going to explore themes such as truth, motherhood and religion, and how they interact as narrative strategies throughout. In order to support the analyses, my primary authors will be William Wells Brown, Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs 1. The primary texts stated are written in a voice which is antebellum of the American Civil War (1861-65), so it is interesting to see the that the two male authors use their own identity to title their work des...   [tags: Comparative, Brown, Douglass, Jacobs 1] 1657 words
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Horror and fear at the emergence of the monster in Chapter 5 of Frankenstein - Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a work of Gothic horror - a branch of romantic fiction characterized by its focus on sublime emotions. The genre is often inspired by nightmares with the intent to inspire horror and emotion in the reader. The era in which the novel was written, around the time of 1816, followed a period of great scientific advancement. Shelley's style is heavily influenced by the romantic poets with whom she spent time and her plot was influenced almost undoubtedly by the scientists of her time, who after its recent discovery had a great fascination with electricity and its effects on the human body....   [tags: Mary Shelley] 2182 words
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The Use of Expressionism in Das Kabinett des Doctor Caligari and Shutter Island - The link between expressionism and horror quickly became a dominant feature in many films and continues to be prominent in contemporary films mainly due to the German expressionist masterpiece Das Kabinett des Doctor Caligari. Wiene’s 1920 Das Kabinett des Doctor Caligari utilized a distinctive creepiness and the uncanny throughout the film that became one the most distinctive features of externalising inner mental and emotional states of protagonists through various expressionist methods. Its revolutionary and innovative new art was heavily influenced by the German state and its populace in conjunction with their experience of war; Caligari took a clear cue from what was happening in German...   [tags: horror, reality, insanity]
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Pre 1914 Gothic Horror Stories: Techniques Used in Writing The Tell Tale Heart and The Red Room - The Tell Tale Heart and The Red Room are two short stories that share the genre of a gothic horror story. They are both based in the nineteenth century but the plots are very diverse from one another. The Tale Tell Heart tells the story of a man driven to insanity by his landlord’s eye whereas The Red Room is a story about an ignorant man whose disbelief in ghosts leads to him spending the entire night in a haunted room with ominous consequences. With both stories set pre 1914, the writers could expand upon their main ideas as the current time was one of huge conflict between religion and science....   [tags: the tell tale heart, the red room] 871 words
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Designing and Producing a Series of Advertising Posters for a New Horror Movie - Designing and Producing a Series of Advertising Posters for a New Horror Movie For our media studies project, Gurpreet and I have decided to design and produce a series of advertising posters for a new horror movie. We plan to make our posters of the same style of those used in magazines, newspapers, public billboards and of course the cinemas. This project is mainly aimed towards a target audience of males. The age of our target audience is from 18 years old and above. Although many teenagers from an age of 16 may want to see the film because of its narrative image and rock music soundtrack, we don’t want the film to be seen as just another “teen horror movie”....   [tags: Papers] 603 words
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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass After escaping from slavery, Frederick Bailey changed his name to Frederick Douglass and became a prominent speaker in the abolitionist movement. He was so eloquent that proslavery opponents charged him with being a fraud who had never been a slave and challenged him to reveal the true facts of his life. Such an account was dangerous for Douglass, who could have been captured and returned to slavery for life, but he proceeded to write in specific detail the account of his experience as a slave, in order to reveal the inhumanity of that “peculiar institution” and help bring about its overthrow....   [tags: Papers] 1167 words
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How does Shelley prepare us for the horror of Frankenstein’s creature? - How does Shelley prepare us for the horror of Frankenstein’s creature. Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in 1818. Shelley (the wife of poet Percy Shelley) first got inspiration for her book in Geneva. There she stayed with her husband, Lord Byron and a few others. They were all challenged to write a ghost story during a hellish storm. Though she did write a story it was a forgettable on. The real inspiration came on June 22nd, the night before Shelley’s departure. The group discussed a subject from de Stael’s ‘De L’Allemagne’ where they considered whether the principle of life could be discovered and whether scientists could be discovered and whether scientists could galvanize a corpse of manu...   [tags: English Literature] 2520 words
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Genre and Narrative Establishment in Edward Scissorhands and Sleep Hollow by Tim Burton - Genre and Narrative Establishment in Edward Scissorhands and Sleep Hollow by Tim Burton Genre is the French word for 'type'. Type is the kind of text it is. The genre of a film text may be Sci-Fi, Horror, Action, Romantic, Comedy, etc. In most films, the genres are combined, this is known as a 'hybrid genre'. Narrative of a film is the structure or order in which the plot (sequence of event) is presented to an audience. This piece of coursework is going to discuss how Tim Burton establishes genre and narrative in the opening five minutes of two films, 'Edward Scissorhands' and 'Sleepy Hollow'....   [tags: Papers] 1843 words
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Personal Narrative: Happy To Be Alive - Personal Narrative: Happy To Be Alive People often ask why I seem to be so happy; my usual reply is "because I'm alive". It was six days after my eleventh birthday, so naturally I was happy, but by the end of this day there are feelings I had that I never knew existed. I recall my primary six teacher asking my class to gather round her as she had something to tell us. She said that a man had gone into a primary school in Dunblane and started shooting at innocent children. The thought that someone could this came to me as a great shock but I did not even consider what might have happened to my cousin, Emma, who lives there....   [tags: Papers] 603 words
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Rule Two: A Narrative Short Story - ... 2:30 pm I groan and turn over in the bed facing the wall where Keegen was supposed to be. I groaned again and rolled my eyes sitting up and throwing the blanket off of me. I stand up and walk over to the kitchen and grab the strawberry milk carton from the fridge and tending to drink the rest of it. I jump hearing a scream and roll my eyes as the rest of the milk was now spilt over me and the floor. I walk to the TV and turn it off, then I walk to the back room and grab towel then walk back into the kitchen and began cleaning the floor....   [tags: bed, phone, wrong, blood ] 1107 words
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