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Published by: Danika Barker on Mar 23, 2012
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Name:_________________________ Horror Fiction Application Task


After watching this episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, please write a response applying your understanding of the Stephen King on Fear essay, the Scared Witless article, Freud’s theory of the unconscious mind, and the fairy tale pattern. Approximate length : 3 pages typed double-spaced. Due date: Monday March 26th Scoring scale: Response contains proper paragraphs, and is free of punctuation, spelling, and grammatical errors Stephen King on Fear: uses specific examples from the show to explain how the viewer might substitute an irrational fear from the show for an irrational fear from their own lives and how this creates a sense of satisfaction. Scared Witless: uses a specific example from the show to explain what happens in the viewer’s body when they see something frightening. Freud: uses specific examples from the show to accurately explain how the viewer is able to achieve catharsis through a purging of their id impulses Fairy tale pattern: identifies using specific examples how the episode fits the fairy tale pattern. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

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Word list: id, ego, superego, catharsis, irrational fears, rational fears, amygdala, startle reflex, motor neurons, entry, descent, task, mentor, ascent, return.

BONUS: Discuss how music, lighting, and other film techniques create an atmosphere of horror.

Graphic Organizer King on Fear Rational Fears: Scared Witless Pick a moment in this episode where your startle reflex might get activated:

Irrational Fears:

How would Stephen King explain a viewer’s enjoyment of the scary elements of this episode?

Freud Unconscious fears and desires represented in this episode (id ):

Fairy tale Pattern Entry:


Task: Example explaining “fascinated dread in the presence of an immaterial cause”:



How does catharsis happen in this episode?


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