Fear In Different Genres By Mizov
Fear In Different Genres By Mizov

Fear In Different Genres By Mizov

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Fear in Different Genres By Michael J. Mizov Fear is defined as a condition
between anxiety and terror either natural and well-grounded or unreasoned and
blind. Fear is one emotion that everyone dislikes, and it is as unavoidable as
night or day. Through the use of novels, plays, films, short stories, and poems
it becomes clear that fear is an emotion that the writer like to heighten not
only in the protagonist, but also in the reader. After reading great works by
people such as George Orwell and Stephen King, it becomes clear that fear in the
most uncontrollable emotion, quick to come, and long to last. The horror movies
of today may bring about a cheap scare, but to truly fear something is the same
as dying a thousand times over. All people have a worst fear, be it heights or
ducks, that an author or film maker can use to their advantage. Their goal is to
make the hairs on the back of one’s neck raise, as well as have them looking
over their shoulder as the story progresses with more twists and turns than a
roller coaster. Aforementioned, the main purpose of this research is to prove
that fear is an emotion that is prevalent throughout all genres, regardless of
topic or plot, and through meticulous research of all genres, the fear presented
in all shall be revealed. The first genre to be discussed will be film. After
viewing such classics as Last of the Mohicans, The Red Badge of Courage, and
Bartleby, it becomes clear that the film making industry is not at a loss for
instilling fear. There are films that make one’s pul


se quicken as the story
becomes more involved, or some that have one lying awake in bed at night
thinking of the frightening stuff they had just seen. The whole concept of fear
in a film is not a prolonged fright, but a short lasting one, that may conclude
after the end, or in some cases, a few days afterwards. The first film that was
viewed was The Last of the Mohicans. It was a story that encompassed all the
emotions, from love to fear. The first instance of fear was short-lived but
still present, it began as the opening credits finished, and three men are
running through the forest at high speeds. The viewer begins to speculate as to
what they are running after, or more importantly, from. That instance of fear
was a letdown and also quickly forgotten, but the emotion was still present
nonetheless. A short ways into the film the viewer is introduced to an Indian
named Magua, and through his speech and body movements it becomes noticeable
that he is concealing an ulterior motive, but the viewer can only wonder at
what. Magua then acts as scout leading two women and a regiment of troops
through the woods it becomes clear that something is about to occur. As the
signs of impending action come one’s pulse quickens and one may even lean
forward in the seat in anticipation. The rising fear is rewarded as a group of
Indian braves attack them from the woods and then as the battle is happening one
begins to fear for the lives of the main characters that were only recently
introduced. In all predictability, they survive, but for a momen

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the viewer was
fearing the worst. As the group proceeds to the fort which is under attack fear
is of course stirred to life. Not very strongly, but like a splinter in one’s
mind, it is always there. Through the film the fear for the lives of the main
characters comes into play quite often as they are involved in many
life-threatening situations and whatnot but the real heart stopped comes at the
end of the film. Magua has captured the two female characters and the Mohicans
are racing up the mountain after him to save them. As they approach the peak,
the Mohicans catch up, and a brutal fight ensues. Magua then fights one of the
Mohicans one to one, and the viewer begins to think, good always beats evil.

Although not in this case, as the Mohican plunges to his death off the side of
the mountain, the viewer is in shock, than the viewer remembers that his new
love witnessed the whole thing. The horror is too much as she is taken over by
fear of having to live without him, and she too hurdles to the jagged rocks
below, to live with her love in eternity. Such scenes rarely occur in films that
invoke such fear, because it is a rare occurrence that the not one, but two of
the main character die. The title then has meaning, as the father of the full
Mohican and half-Mohican men truly becomes the last of his race, the last of the
Mohicans. The next film viewed was Bartleby, a short film based on the novel by
Herman Melville. Throughout the film, there is not much hair raising fear, but a
more subtle level. The kind of fear caused by this film comes into play late
nights when one has trouble falling asleep. Bartleby was a normal man at first,
but as the film progresses, he becomes stranger and stranger. In the world, the
fear of the strange and or unknown tends the come about a lot as a result of the
misunderstood. Bartleby is one such misunderstood fellow, and this in turn
causes all other characters in the film to fear him, even though he has done
nothing menacing. Bartleby is a different kind of fear, and it is shown through
the given examples or by simply picturing someone that looks normal, but you
cannot quite grasp what they are thinking. Another film viewed was The Lottery,
the main aspect of fear in that film was simply the fear of death. There are a
few underlying fears that come forth such as the fear of change. The people of
town have been doing the lottery more than likely since it was founded in order
to reap a good harvest in the fall. The premise of the lottery is to randomly
pick someone from within the populace, and stone them to death so that the
harvest will be bountiful. An old man brings up that a nearby town has abandoned
the lottery, and everyone in town agrees that this was a foolhardy gesture, and
they are only in for ruin; those statements brought to light the fact that they
could not give up the lottery, even if they had wanted to. As time passes
eventually all families are called and the family with the black dot has

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