Fear In Different Genres By Mizov
Fear in Different Genres By Michael J. Mizov Fear is defined as a condition
between anxiety and terror either natural and well-grounded or unreasoned and
blind. Fear is one emotion that everyone dislikes, and it is as unavoidable as
night or day. Through the use of novels, plays, films, short stories, and poems
it becomes clear that fear is an emotion that the writer like to heighten not
only in the protagonist, but also in the reader. After reading great works by
people such as George Orwell and Stephen King, it becomes clear that fear in the
most uncontrollable emotion, quick to come, and long to last. The horror movies
of today may bring about a cheap scare, but to truly fear something is the same
as dying a thousand times over. All people have a worst fear, be it heights or
ducks, that an author or film maker can use to their advantage. Their goal is to
make the hairs on the back of one\'s neck raise, as well as have them looking
over their shoulder as the story progresses with more twists and turns than a
roller coaster. Aforementioned, the main purpose of this research is to prove
that fear is an emotion that is prevalent throughout all genres, regardless of
topic or plot, and through meticulous research of all genres, the fear presented
in all shall be revealed. The first genre to be discussed will be film. After
viewing such classics as Last of the Mohicans, The Red Badge of Courage, and

Bartleby, it becomes clear that the film making industry is not at a loss for
instilling fear. There are films that make one\'s pulse quicken as the story
becomes more involved, or some that have one lying awake in bed at night
thinking of the frightening stuff they had just seen. The whole concept of fear
in a film is not a prolonged fright, but a short lasting one, that may conclude
after the end, or in some cases, a few days afterwards. The first film that was
viewed was The Last of the Mohicans. It was a story that encompassed all the
emotions, from love to fear. The first instance of fear was short-lived but
still present, it began as the opening credits finished, and three men are
running through the forest at high speeds. The viewer begins to speculate as to
what they are running after, or more importantly, from. That instance of fear
was a letdown and also quickly forgotten, but the emotion was still present
nonetheless. A short ways into the film the viewer is introduced to an Indian
named Magua, and through his speech and body movements it becomes noticeable
that he is concealing an ulterior motive, but the viewer can only wonder at
what. Magua then acts as scout leading two women and a regiment of troops
through the woods it becomes clear that something is about to occur. As the
signs of impending action come one\'s pulse quickens and one may even lean
forward in the seat in anticipation. The rising fear is rewarded as a group of

Indian braves attack them from the woods and then as the battle is happening one
begins to fear for the lives of the main characters that were only recently
introduced. In all predictability, they survive, but for a moment the viewer was
fearing the worst. As the group proceeds to the fort which is under attack fear
is of course stirred to life. Not very strongly, but like a splinter in one\'s
mind, it is always there. Through the film the fear for the lives of the main
characters comes into play quite often as they are involved in many
life-threatening situations and whatnot but the real heart stopped comes at the
end of the film. Magua has captured the two female characters and the Mohicans
are racing up the mountain after him to save them. As they approach the peak,
the Mohicans catch up, and a brutal fight ensues. Magua then fights one of the

Mohicans one to one, and the viewer begins to think, good always beats evil.

Although not in this case, as the Mohican plunges to his death off the side of
the mountain, the viewer is in shock, than the viewer remembers that his new
love witnessed the whole thing. The horror is too much as she is taken over by
fear of having to live without him, and she too hurdles to the jagged rocks
below, to live with her love in