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Transcript For A Talk Show 'literary Hour' The Gothic Conventions And How They Are Apparent And Applicable To A Modern Society

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Question: Write the transcript of a talk show titled Literary Hour. Two Scholars in the area of your elective have been invited to consider the value of that elective to contemporary responders. Write a transcript of this discussion. In your transcript, refer to two prescribed texts and other texts of your own choosing.Gothic - Texts - Shelley's Frankenstein (1831), Whale's Frankenstein (1931), Burton's 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' (1993)A. Good evening to you professor and we're here today to discuss -B.Yes, to discuss the gothic genre. A very frightening topic indeed; and let me just begin by saying that this is not the revival of some mummified branch of literature, wrapped with the ...view middle of the document...

Things such as the dark and isolated settings; the clichéd 'helpless' damsel in distress; the ever-conflicting dualities of light and darkness, good and evil -B.Not to mention the use of the Supernatural; the use of Omens, portents and visions as a device foreshadowing tragic events to follow; heightened emotions.A. Indeed, and I think it's really important to be able to recognise these when they're illustrated in texts. In Shelley's 'Frankenstein', you have the distressed female character portrayed in Elizabeth, the protagonist's wife; you have the use of the supernatural depicted in the Monster he's created and the use of the setting to represent an isolated world he's created. I mean, it's all perfectly laid out for us.B. Yes but I don't think that it is enough proof to say that these are evident in only one book. So, I've taken the liberty of bringing my own text. This one's a film from 1931 and it is also entitled 'Frankenstein' by John Whale.A. Well great minds think alike I suppose.B. Indeed. And I think that it's important to note that these two composers have different backgrounds, come from different eras and are of different social class. So in other words, they are not influenced by the same context. Evidence of this is suggested even in the fact that this is an actual film. That technology has allowed us to put this into a visual format. Hence, it is only natural that the themes are different. However, I still feel that all the necessary conventions are there. I mean you have, as you mentioned, the damsel in distress; the isolated world; the conflicting dualities of sanity and madness, light and dark; the metonymy and foreshadowing of impending doom; all the necessary elements required for a good scare. A good example of the conflicting dualities is in the background where all the lines and patterns are wavy, suggesting a descent into madness.A.And of course there are the sound effects that heighten the tension of the scenes. But the most evident of all the conventions, and I think you'll...

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