Stephen J. Dubner

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  • Analysis Of A Stranger In The Kingdom, By Howard Frank Mosher

    Howard Frank Mosher was an American writer that wrote literary fiction set in the North East. Mosher was born in Kingston, New York to Helen Emily Trapp and Howard H. Mosher. He referred to his hometown as a ghost town, a dying mill town where he spent most of his happy memories secluded behind his house catching trout from as early as four years. His father was a schoolteacher with wanderlust who moved the family more than ten times before Howard joined high school. However, the moving around…

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  • Noel Carroll Why Horror Analysis

    In Why Horror?, Noel Carroll addresses two theories for why people watch and enjoy horror media. The first theory he discusses is that of H.P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft argued that individuals enjoyed supernatural horror because it established the feelings of awe and “cosmic fear”. He describes cosmic fear as an “exhilarating mixture of fear, moral revulsion, and wonder” (Carroll, 1990, p. 162). He believed that human beings were born with a fear of the unknown, which verged on awe, and that their…

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  • Sybil Carpenter Character Analysis

    Once again, Salinger wasn’t oblivious to the meanings behind each character’s name. In fact, symbolism plays a part in the character Sybil Carpenter. “Sybil, bright with innocence but already tarnishing, symbolizes for Seymour the human condition: like the sibyls of old, she is the unconscious oracle through whom the prophecy is revealed, the instrument of truth” (Lane). A sibyl is defined as “a woman in ancient times supposed to utter the oracles and prophecies of a god” (“sibyl”). It is…

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  • Theme Of Suspense In The Signalman

    Gothic literature perpetually creates suspense and tension in the form of both tradition and contemporaneity. Both forms of gothic literature share a theme insanity that helps the writers to create suspense. In the traditional gothic literature ‘The Signalman’ written in 1866, Charles Dickens successfully builds suspense by writing in first person with numerous imageries. In addition, suspense and tension are well-developed through various techniques, such as third person point of view and…

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  • Similarities Between Science Fiction And Modern Horror Films

    What are distinguishing factors between science fiction and horror they seem so different, yet share so many similarities. Science fiction obeys the natural laws of the universe, but horror creates its own set of supernatural laws. The horror genre creates terror while the Sci-Fi genre creates a sense of wonder. But both genres are so much alike and are separated by their own periods of time. The film industry uses these periods of time to create different classics for each genre. There is a…

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  • Seasons Of Love Play Analysis

    Rent, a rock-musical set in New York, follows seven artists working for their dreams of stardom without becoming sellouts. Originating in 1996, Rent was composed by an almost unknown composer at the time, Jonathan Larson. From small beginnings in the Off-Broadway New York Theater Workshop, Rent made its way to Broadway, and became an American hit. This hit musical was written and composed by Jonathan Larson. Living from 1960-1996, dying the morning Rent was to be performed in its first…

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  • Stand By Stephen King Analysis

    Others argue that movies are more intriguing than the narrative due to the visual effects that they may not be able to conceptualize while reading. Such discussion pertains to the movie Stand by Me and its respective novella, The Body, written by Stephen King. Regardless of a person’s point of view concerning these disputes, an agreement can be made that watching the movie prior to reading the literary work can substantially change the perception of various components of the literary work. When…

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  • The Abrahamic Covenant: The Mosaic Covenant

    One of the things I love about Christianity is that it’s so interesting. The Bible truly is one of the most interesting books that I have read. A lot of people are so interested in books like Vampire Diaries or Hercules because of the action, adventure, romance, and supernatural things like blood covenants and spells being broken. When we think about the blood covenant, it is the best story about a Hero who came to save all the people from the bondage of sin. Above the fantastic story line, it’s…

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  • Station Eleven Dystopian

    Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven highlights the importance of art in a world that needs more than survival through connections of modern society to a fictional post-apocalyptic society. In addition, Mandel uses the post-apocalyptic genre convention of dystopian society to emphasize the importance of art for people in a chaotic world dealing with hardships. With the publication of this novel being significantly recent, Mandel tries to appeal to an audience living in a time that is dominated…

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  • The Gothic Castle In Charles Dickens Great Expectations

    Another important aspect of the setting is the labyrinthine, claustrophobic and exotic space into which the plot is set. Since Walpole's `Castle of Otrano' (1764) the Gothic castle is one of the key features of the Gothic novel. The Gothic castle is a labyrinthine and claustrophobic place which evokes feelings of "fear, awe, entrapment and helplessness" (Raskauskien 50). Characteristic of the Gothic castle are mazy, over- and undergrounded corridors, creaking doors, shuttered windows, trapdoors…

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