Don’t Get Too Emotional Now

Even though horror themed works are supposed to scare and thrill, they can stir up emotions deep inside you, under all of those scared emotions. After reading “Last Respects” from Tales from the Crypt I was sad that Anna died and that Tony, her husband, couldn’t go to his wife’s funeral and that he ended up dying, but was terrified that Tony killed Anna’s uncle and ate her when he was trapped in the mausoleum. The story created these emotions in me because the author showed us the love between Anna and Tony and, therefore, made me want to root for them and enjoy their relationship. However, I was also very emotional while reading “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, even though there was no clear relationship described. In this story, Jackson created emotions in her audience by bringing a special characteristic to Tessie Hutchinson, she gave her a relatable personality. Because she was introduced individually to the audience, and in a manner relatable to most of us, running late and then joking about it, the audience immediately relates to her and enjoys her character more than the rest of the characters in the story. Therefore, when she is chosen to be stoned by the lottery at the end of the story, Jackson’s audience is astonished and sad that she is the character that has to die. These emotions add to the horror element of the story by blind-siding the audience and killing off the character(s) that the audience has connected with the most.

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