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Supernatural

For Gothic Lit.
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Jennifer N

on 13 November 2015

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Transcript of Supernatural

Characters: The Winchesters
22 Years Ago
Mary (mother)
John (father)
After his wife’s death, John becomes obsessed with tracking down her killer, taking Sam and Dean with him.
Where's Dad?
Gothic Element:
The Beginning
The Ending
The Beginning
Sam tries to find ways to save Dean while Dean fights off a reaper.
Power
During their trips the brothers meet other people like Sam with powers and one was also visited by the demon 22 years ago.
Dean
Focus on Seasons 1-3
Died when Dean was 4 years old Sam was 6 months old. We find out later that she was killed by the Yellow-Eyed demon.
Dean (older brother)
These four words are ingrained in Dean and account for 75% of Dean's motivation.
"Watch out for Sammy."
Because we're
family
.
Sam (younger brother)
He becomes a
hunter
,
"Shoot first,
Sam didn't want to be a
hunter
.
He wanted to
be
normal
.
He cut off ties to his
family
and left for Stanford at 18, hoping to leave "the life" behind.
f
a
c
a
d
e
This was the life he wanted.
He hid the story of his family behind a
t h i c k
of lies. Especially
to his girlfriend,
Jessica
.
leader
scholar
the
r
e
b
l
l
i
o
u
s
"Daddy's
soldier."
little
strategist
"
"
Dean will literally do
anything
to keep his family together and safe.
self sacrif
i
c
i
n
g
SAMMY
sammy
Sammy
pie
Especially for Sammy. Sammy will always be Dean's #1 priority.
Always.
ask questions later."
hunting and ridding the world of the monsters in the dark.
He raises Sam and Dean militaristically in “the life” as hunters.
dad?
Because after what happened to his mom, that's all he wants.
They're all he has left.
Sammy reluctantly agrees to go with him
so long as Sam can get back in time for his Stanford Law interview.
They follow their dad's trail to their first case together, a vengeful "Woman in White" ghost.
They successfully help her pass on--but with no Dad in sight. Instead, they find his journal with coordinates inside.
"Dad's on a hunting trip...
...and he hasn't been home for a few of days."
With his interview coming up, Sam heads back, leaving Dean on his own to search for their dad.
"Baby"
You cannot know Dean without knowing his precious "Baby".
Yes, this is a member of the Winchester family.
This is the Winchesters'

"home"
.
This is where the brothers were
raised
.
Always on the road
with only each other for company.
Originally their dad's, it has been passed down to Dean.
Symbol:
Impala '67
Plays into the Gothic element of "isolation".
"Baby" symbolizes their lifestyle.
They're never able to have the experiences of a settled life.
Gothic Element & Motif:
Persecuted Maidens
The use of a female death as a plot device is not uncommon in this show.
Even later characters are similarly motivated because of a female death.
A good majority of the female characters that appear on the show end up dead pretty quickly.
There's even a joke in the fandom about Sam's love interests.
Seasons 1-8
Don't sleep with Sam Winchester--don't even look at him--unless you want to die.
: Season 1
pie
Dean
Jessica
Mary
This all happens on the very first episode! Yaaay!
: Season 2
: Season 3

With Jessica killed by the same demon as their mother, Sam joins Dean on his journey to find their father, the only other person who can help him exact his revenge on the Yellow-Eyed Demon.
During the Woman in White case, John leaves Dean and Sam little clues about his whereabouts and instead uses his journal to tell Dean and Sam where to go.
Emotional Extremes
Sam experiences emotional extremes from time to time.
He breaks down with Jessica's death and wants nothing but revenge.
Sometimes he is blind with rage, but has no way of relieving it.
John's Journal
Sam: "He doesn
'
t go
anywhere
without that thing."
Dean: "I've got his
journal."
John's
journal is

fil
led with inform
ation on

th
e monsters he has encou
ntered and
killed.
Gaining
the journa
l

symbolizes John ha
nding dow
n

the baton to the bro
thers.
"I think he wants us
to pick
up where he left off
. You
know, saving peo
ple,
hunting things.
The
family business."
--Dean
This is importan
t as it mark
s both the beginning o
f a long

jour
ney and Sam and D
ean's officia
l entrance into
the Hunting
world.
The Winchesters wake up in the hospital.
Dean is seriously injured and is currently in a coma.

Sam's Premonitions
John sells his soul and the Colt to the Yellow-Eyed demon to save Dean.
Emotional Extremes
The Colt
Sam Kidnapped
Sam resurrected, hell's gate open
empathetic
disciplined
narrow-
driven
minded
A revolver capable of killing nearly any supernatural creature.
Made in 1835 by a hunter named Samuel Colt.
It originally had a total of 13 special bullets.
Symbol:
Found Dad
...Or Not.
They hunt various creatures.
Dean realizes that not all vampires are evil
and that not all hunters are good
Dean gets an out of body experience.
At the beginning he killed the vampires without hesitation.
Gothic Element
Andy has the power to make people do what he says.
Near the end of the season the Yellow-Eyed demon kidnaps the children with power including Sam, Andy, and Ava.
Ava also has power. She is later discovered to be able to control demons.
The Yellow-Eyed demon pits them against each other to see which one of them is the strongest.
Many demons and monsters have crossed over
Dean is scheduled for hell in a year
Dean seals a pact with the crossroad demon, exchanging his soul for Sam's life and Dean gets only one year to live, instead of the usual 10.
They are together with a fellow hunter and she has another map of Wyoming, showing a huge devil's trap there that's keeping something in.
They figured Jake's purpose is to go there.
They go there, and Sam kills Jake in cold blood.
Jake open the gate to hell with the colt.
SYNOPSIS
Demons started to fly out and the brothers fight with the Yellow-Eyed demon and with the help from John's spirit, they kill he demon.
Hunter friends manage to close Hell's gate, but 200 demons already got out.
and closed again
Gates to hell have opened
And Sam doesn't like that
Motif/symbol
Hunting and family
Ruby
Symbol:
Ruby's knife
When Dean was hunting a Djinn, he gets attack and transported into a world where they did not hunt demons.
Mysterious Demon who wants to help Sam
how fishy
Dean realized what should be done and kills himself to wake himself back up.
He connected with Sam through hunting.
suspicious Dean
Questions
1. How old was Sam when Mary was killed?
2. Why did Sam suddenly decided to hunt again?
3. What is Dean's nickname for his car?
4. Who did the Yellow-Eyed demon possess?
9. What did Dean do to save Sam?
8. How do you kill a changeling?
Ruby first appears by killing
demons and saving Sam
peacemaker
Helps the Winchesters a lot but still falls under suspicion
Their hunting symbolizes their bond with one another.
"That's what happens when you go to hell, Dean. That's what hell is. Forgetting what you were. "
says she helps because she remembers her humanity
New Characters
he's tired of everyone dying
#constipated
Inevitable Death
really?
Motifs
death again?
Sorry bro i sold my soul
to save you
dammit dean
This subject is brought up
many times throughout the season
It turns out that Sam is starting to have premonitions, appearing as dreams.
The F o c u s
The struggle
Trust
Trust is also challenged multiple
times
Initially, Sam keeps quiet about it, but he is later forced to tell Dean when they start to manifest while Sam is wide awake.
They eventually find meet up with their dad who, it turns out, is looking for the Colt.
There are many trust issues
After being missing for centuries, it is introduced with only 5 bullets left.
Especially relating to Ruby.
Unfortunately for them, so is the Yellow-Eyed Demon and his demon underlings.
When the Winchesters find the Colt, their father is kidnapped for ransom. The brothers decide to break him out, using a couple of bullets in the process.
Gothic Element
No Rest for the Wicked
He's mad at his father for raising them this way, he's mad at Dean for dragging him back into this life, he's mad himself for letting this happen to Jessica.
The time has come for Lilith to take Dean's soul as part of their deal
The Winchesters try hard to resist
They fail
Dean dies
again
Lilith
demon child
Primary antagonist

However, later they discover that he's been possessed by the Yellow-Eyed Demon.
she holds all the
crossroad contracts
5. How was Dean saved when he nearly died from the car accident?
T H E
E N D
7. Why did the Yellow-Eyed demon kidnap and put all of his Special Children in one place?
Character Development
6. What monster did Dean kill without a second thought before he realized that not all of them were bad?
10. Where did Dean go at the end of Season 3?
And Sam cries
again
#constipated
The strongest one would help to lead his demon army.
Sam is the last one standing.
First demon to be born
Physical & Psychological Terror
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