Below are 5 prompts. Please reply to each one. Please include character names and scenes to support answer. Answers don’t have to be long but be as descriptive as possible, no vague answers. 1. [quotation below from Stephen King’s IT ]”I started after him…and the clown looked back. I saw Its eyes, and all at once I understood who It was.””Who was it, Don?” Harold Gardner asked softly.”It was Derry,” Don Hagarty said. “It was this town.” Although good/evil are descriptors typically ascribed to sentient beings, places are known to share those characteristics as well. In the excerpt above, something about Derry, Maine was evil, personified to some extent by Pennywise the Clown. In the short stories and films for this week, the narrators suggest that these places may very well embody a haunting, even evil as well: the Captain Browns house, the Usher family house, Hill House, the Overlook, even, perhaps, Victorian London. Based on your reading of the stories and the film you chose to view, what is the source (or sources) of evil for some of these places? Are they places inherently evil, or have they, like people, been corrupted, and if so by what or whom? 2. Eleanor Vance and Jack Torrence come to Hill House and the Overlook Hotel, respectively, with a bit of “baggage” psychologically. Eleanor is dependent upon her sister and her family, now that her mother is dead; Jack has had drinking and employment problems. Using a psychological approach, briefly analyze either Eleanor’s OR Jack’s character as they face the challenges of their situations. Consider to what extent their fate was dependent upon their personality. 3. Choose a passage from Stevenson’s novel in which setting enhances characterization or theme. Describe briefly the setting and its connection to characterization or thematic interpretation. 4. One of the Gothic’s trademarks is suspense and how it engages the reader/viewer. Identify one pivotal scene or passage from each of the following to analyze how suspense is created and its effect on the audience: “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the film you viewed (either The Haunting or The Shining). Consider narrative pace/camera work, language, and audience’s knowledge of events/characters at that specific time. 5. In the stories by Poe and Stevenson and in both film adaptations for this week, the double motif figures prominently. Identify the doubles in these texts and in the film you chose. Then explain how that motif functions in relationship to characterization, plot, or theme.
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