Fear and Control of the Unknown Essay
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Throughout history many communities have been persecuted for being different from the general public. Society has often forced these unique individuals to assimilate or be constrained because of the public's fear and anxiety of the unknown. Such insecurities led to the mistreatment and restraint of both the slaves as portrayed in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and the mental patients in One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest.
One of the most apparent and important themes in both One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is control. Fear is used as a means to gain control over the slave by their master or even by the slave to achieve a sense of power over the master. The white men of this era attempted…show more content…
The black aides also harassed the men on a daily basis, asserting their control over one of the only groups considered socially beneath them during this discriminatory era. In Incidents in the Life... the violence is even more apparent. Gruesome accounts of punishments inflicted upon misbehaving slaves by masters like Mr. Litch, who "[...]tied a rope around a man's body, and suspended him from the ground. A fire was kindled over him, from which was suspended a piece of fat pork. As this cooked, the scalding drops of fat continually fell on the bare flesh" (Jacobs 51).
Many characters in both novels became so desperate that they believed that death was the only practical means of escape. Both Billy Bibbit and Cheswick in One Flew... decided suicide was their only way out and in Incidents in the Life...Linda often wishes for death for her and for her loved ones (68). Even McMurphy, the brave protagonist of One Flew..., hints at his own demise when he chooses to stay after the party rather than make an easy escape (Kesey 166). This leads the reader to believe that for McMurphy, the only method to escape with dignity is through death. The Chief evidently agreed and in the end finished the task for him (279).
Sexuality was a greatly feared phenomenon in both the late 1800's and the mid 1900's. Both authors used this
“Fear of the Unknown Is a Common Gothic Theme”. Is This True in Your Texts?
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The fear of the unknown is a common Gothic theme that is used to create fear and uncertainty in the responder. This is achieved through the use of a number of different techniques and conventions. The fear of the unknown is expressed through dark, uncertain and mysterious circumstances cause responders to feel vulnerable and fearful. In Bram Stoker’s Dracula the overpowering force of the sublime, the prominence of religion, death and use of darkness accompanied by typical Gothic techniques evoke a fear of the unknown in responders. This common Gothic themes can also be observed in The Road by Cormac McCarthy, in which the fear of the unknown is enhanced by the sublime, the prominence of religion, death and the use of darkness. Furthermore,…show more content…
The use of allusion in the quotation foreshadows the evil that is to ultimately surround Jonathan and the other protagonists in the novel. The howling of the wolves creates a fear of the unknown because as responders read, it can be established that some form of evil is going to behold Jonathan and his friends, but even still responders do not yet know how this evil is to be conducted.
More commonly, in order to represent themes of the unknown, various recurring motifs are used to enhance to further establish fear amongst responders. There are various techniques that are used particularly in Dracula to enhance a fear of the unknown, the use of doors is a prominent example. Doors are used to are used to represent a barrier to what is the unknown. What is behind a door is unknown to both the the character and the responder, creating an overall fear and anxiety as to what it might be. An example of the repetition of this particular motif can be observed in the quotation, “But I am not in heart to describe beauty, for when I had seen the view I explored further; doors, doors, doors everywhere, and all locked and bolted. In no place save from the windows in the castle walls is there an available exit. The castle is a veritable prison, and I am a prisoner!” In the course of a single chapter, Harker feels stripped