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Influence Of Romanticism In The Contemporary Shows True Blood, American Horror Story, And Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

889 words - 4 pages

Imagine a life in the 18th century when a revolution is taking place that exercises freedom, emotional liberty and importance of oneself. When the Romantic Era hit many individuals were becoming aware of a movement of intense emotion and became interested in unfamiliar and exotic experiences. Many of these experiences in which, brought to light a whole new world of darkness and strong emotions such as apprehension and terror. Romanticism in the 18th century sparked imagination; Imagination that was perceived as the “ultimate power” (see reference). Fast forwarding to contemporary culture, many of these examples of romanticism are seen in shows such as True Blood, American Horror Story, and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.
There are important scenes in each episode of True Blood that emerge characteristics of Romanticism. Sookie is not-your-average waitress at Merlotte’s, she hears everyone thoughts all the time. When she meets Bill (vampire) and touches his hand for the first time, everyone’s thoughts disappear and she hears silence for the first time. This is one of the main reasons that attracted Sookie to Bill; Sookie finds peace and freedom when she is with him even though he is a blood thirsty vampire. True Blood is a perfect example of the ideas behind Romanticism because any human that is intimate with a vampire in the show experience intense and unfamiliar emotions that keep them hooked and desperate to come back for more. There is a scene when Eric (vampire) is worried about his maker, Godric. Sookie then says, “You have a lot a love for him” and Eric replies “Don’t use words I don’t understand”. This dialogue is particularly interesting because vampires are creatures of death and darkness lurking for fresh blood to drink constantly, why should vampires experience an emotion like ‘love’?
American Horror Story Season 1 brings forth another kind of eerie and gothic twist to things. A family moves into a haunted mansion and the daughter of the family, Violet, starts to form a special bond with one of the many ghosts still residing in the mansion (Tate). Violet is a girl that is in touch with her gothic side and is more interested in the mansion than scared of it. Violet is misunderstood by many but she likes Tate because he understands her. Violet says to Tate “I used to think you were like me. You were attracted to the darkness. But Tate, you are the darkness.” This is when she realizes that he is not among the living like she is. There is a scene where she cannot withstand the pressures anymore and Tate...

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