The fear that something is illegitimately inside something else, that things that should be kept apart are fused together. Csicsery-Ronay also states how “when the elements of the conscious pierce the unconscious, we then become aware of a distinct feeling of repulsion” (Ronay). Sometimes in the science fiction horror films, the grotesque switches around that which should be male, and that which should be female. The normal balance of life is altered, making it difficult for our conscious to make sense of what we are seeing. The post-modern science fiction horror masterpiece; Alien, utilizes the grotesque in all of these ways.
Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which is based on Roald Dahl's book of the same title, is a entertaining, visually engaging film. While it is oppressed with a bunch of defects that do not harm from its spell, these weaknesses are never sufficiently serious as to fully hide the story's magic. In fact, throughout most of its duration, the movie is so appealing to see, so suffused with a colorful whimsy, that it is certain to captivate the viewer. The town surrounding Willy Wonka's factory is a grim, grey place, although it is never as wretched as is the crooked, dilapidated cottage in which Charlie and his family live. All the dark, squalid details the director has here included evoke a dire but distinctly quirky world that, while sad, is oddly
Throughout its entire hour and 53 minutes, Memento does its best to leave the audience completely confused as to what is happening, and in what order. And it certainly works. The first thing you will probably notice about the movie, is that it is directed by Christopher Nolan, best known for his Batman trilogy, and the wonderful Inception. And indeed, Memento is very similar to Inception in the way it makes you feel as a viewer. The main character, Leonard, is a man who cannot make new memories since the rape and murder of his wife, and who has devoted his life to attempting to get revenge for his wife’s death.
Agent Smith also drives the post-modern view in the film, mentioning that he was sick of the Matrix, an attempt to rebel and tear down the system. Smith knew that the matrix wasn’t going anywhere, that the machines are simply surviving and nothing more, a very post-modern way of thinking. There seem to be a few points of modernism however. Like the joining of the “freed” humans to form Zion and the want to spread the knowledge that you are in fact being fooled by the Matrix. Also Morpheus stands for modernism in his belief in Neo early on and his dream for regaining control of humanity.
Emma Shychuck Honors English 9 Oedipus Rex Paper 18 Mar. 2013 The Irony in Oedipus Rex Oedipus Rex is full of irony, dramatic irony that is. Dramatic irony is when the audience knows what is going to happen, but the characters do not. There was really no suspense like in horror movies where you don’t know what is going to happen next, because the audience knows the story already. This takes away from the playwright because he cannot wow the audience with original ideas.
We understand from the title of the movie that “Freaks” is most probably a controversial story and we have this feeling reinforced in the opening of the movie. The movie starts with a classical “What’s In The Box” enigma, and there is an orator talking about an unusual attraction: “We told you we had living, breathing monstrosities. You laughed at them, yet but for the accident of birth, you might be even as they are! They did not ask to be brought into the world, but into the world they came.” (Freaks) We don’t know what to expect, but we already know that it is going to be something strange, abnormal and even shamefull. The action takes place in a circus but we never see the actors performing on the circus scene.
Hypnotism, when used as entertainment, has a sole purpose of comedy and fun. Brainwashing is a violent and inhuman war tactic: hardly a laughing matter. Hypnotism can happen on an everyday basis, while brainwashing is a very difficult and rarely successful practice. Hypnotism starts with an “H,” and brainwashing starts with a “B.” These are only some of the differences separating the two acts, but they do have one similarity: the human brain. Throughout history, scientists have been progressively trying to unlock the secrets of the human brain.
To the reader, it seems that Shelly consistently reminds us of the lack of responsibility on the part of Frankenstein, and the monster’s inherent innocence, who is only made evil by his circumstances. But like the reader, Shelley too, is unclear about whose behaviour is most unjustifiable and unpardonable. With reference to David Punter’s essay “Gothic and Romanticism”, Victor Frankenstein can be compared to the ‘Wanderer’, the Wanderer’s essential characteristics being that he is hero and victim both, who defies God by crossing the laws of mortality and dares to touch the untouchable. The Wanderer is never satisfied with the restrictions placed on him by an ordered society, and he ultimately suffers for his disobedience. Victor clearly fits the description of the Wanderer, as his obsessive need to create life and be its sole creator has a hint of an unnatural desperation to satisfy his ego and attain gratitude.
“Orientation” meets the criteria for Goldwag’s rule of postmodern fiction story telling due to the way the character contradicts himself within the same sentence, “ This is your phone. Never answer your phone” (484). It is also expressed through the random series of events that appear to lack a plot. However, this is what Orozco is aiming for. He is comparing the real world to the style of his writing, which at first seems messy and insignificant but comes together at the end and
This wherein lies the inception of The Walking Dead. As stated before, Reality TV is very shallow in the realm of story telling because these type of shows try to present a false sense of “reality” by making up plot-lines with the show’s “stars” to make the subject matter interesting. Reality TV is highly impersonal, sure we could relate to some of the people that appear on the shows, but we wouldn’t care much about learning more about their background, their history. This is where The Walking Dead shines so brightly and captivate audiences. The story revolves around a group of survivors after a viral outbreak kills a great bulk of the country’s population, reanimating them into “walkers,” ferocious zombies