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The Nightmare Before Christmas

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Cassandra Taylor

on 19 October 2012

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Transcript of The Nightmare Before Christmas

Gothic Criticism Brandon Teno, Cassie Nicholas & Nadine Haddad Gothic Elements in Literature The Nightmare Before Christmas History History - 1765 and 1820
- became popular in German literature
- the Gothic novel originated in England
- Medieval Times and in places like Italy or the Middle East. - stories of horror and the “darker” supernatural forces.
- Dracula by Bram Stoker and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
- conflict between forces in the world and in themselves
- hand in hand with Romanticism. The End Examples - secret passageways includes the boogey man's lair
- the boogey man is supernatural and evil
- music is upbeat and creepy Trailer - Analysis - Halloween is the darkest holiday
- music creates an intense atmosphere
- setting is dark and gloomy
- characters are nameless Summary - same routine in Halloween town
- Jack Skellington is fed up
- encounters various doors
- he enters the world of Christmas
- want to bring Christmas back to Halloween town
- the holiday spirit brought Jack and his love together About Gothic Criticism - mindless
-anti-rational Gothic Themes - terror
- jealousy
- violence
- death Common Elements - no names
- supernatural occurrences
- ghostly atmosphere
- secret passageways - strange rooms
- madness
- nightmares
- confinement - was not highly respected
- emotional excess
- social transgression - abductions
- seduction
- crime
- punishment Common Elements Gothic Criticism Romanticism - Powerful love
- Uncertainty of Reciprocation
- Unreturned love
- Tensions between the love and father’s control, disapproval, or choice
- Lovers parted
- Illicit love or lust threatens the virtuous one
- Rival lovers or multiple suitors Examples - door to Christmas is a secret passageway
- Jack is a skeleton continued... continued...
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