Argumentative Essay About Freak Show

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Horror can be described as an intense feeling of fear, shock or disgust caused by something frightful. This emotion is one that is used by the film industry to their advantage, by shocking and frightening the audience into being entertained. 20th Century Fox’s American Horror Story: Freak Show is the fourth season of the horror genre television show. The show premiered in 2014, and follows a struggling freak show in the 1950s trying to make money by acquiring the most unique freaks in town. The freaks would put on shows for audiences to watch in awe and revulsion at their disfigurements, and in return would receive a home with other freaks that accepted and loved them, away from “normal” society. As the show progresses, the stars of the freak …show more content…
Showing the main characters- the disabled classed as “freaks”- as the antagonists reinforces many negative ideas for the audience. Ableist beliefs, believing that being able bodied with no inflictions (either mental or physical) is a superior state, are reinforced. The show endorses the idea that being “normal” is preferable, as these characters are the good guys, the ones that are valued and accepted in society, while the inflicted are the criminals and the …show more content…
“Inside I’m Dancing” is a film made alongside disability activists and has been loosely based on the experiences of disabled people at an independent living facility (Gill 2006). It seeks to change the way disabled people have been represented, showing what it is actually like in the shoes of the inflicted and portraying them in a way that is more human than previous movies have. However, when analyzed, the movie is less of what it aims to be, a progressive narrative, and is in fact a typical representation of the disabled

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