Folklore is an active part of human experience, existence, and expression, involving art communication, process, culture and identity. Legends are recreated with each telling. There are legends and myths that have been around for centuries that have ways of getting into our minds and culture. Then their are those that have been brought to life by way of modern technologies reminding us of nightmares that should have been buried and forgotten. One such legend is known through internet popularity as slender man. He towers at six to seven feet with unusually thin limbs, his “face” is featureless and white; though some say that it can morph into whatever you fear the most. His arms can stretch out to grab his victims and bend in unnatural ways with long, talon-like fingers used to scratch at the windows of children usually aging from 16 and younger.
After examining the Slender man legend and why this story is so memorable to Alexander in my story session he explained why he chose this story going back to when he grew up in a small farm town and often went through walks in the woods at night. Occasionally he would think he would see random images of branches, thinking it was mind-playing tricks on him. The idea that you can’t escape from unknown situations that could lead to death can make a very memorable spot in someone’s mind. As Alexander researched more legends connecting to the slender man, connecting the story of the boy and the father, which I have, chose as my contemporary legend. Alexander considers himself type A, explaining to me that you are likely to be more afraid of death confronting him in a way he can’t get away from. “The Slender Man” has all the characteristics of urban legends and functions such as being paranoid of someone watching you as well as giving warning to kids not to wander by themselves in the woods.
The transition of the situational context was considered in the conversation as a story Alexander researched more about after living with his roommate freshman year of college. Alexander has mentioned this with others because it has become such a popular legend on the internet now, what I gathered is that more males than females knew of this legend due to video games becoming more popular using scary narratives to create a game more interesting for those looking for suspense.
The appropriateness of this legend differs on who the audience is adults to kids can perceive something of these circumstances where kids are being taken and never heard from again in a simple place like the park. That would usually be considered a friendly atmosphere but also can result in creepers and unfortunate cases of kidnapping. An adult hearing this story could stop bringing there kids to recreational areas for kids to enjoy their youth. While children may think this is a spook to see what would actually happen if you were to temp “the slender man” it’s been said that it’s only a matter of time from when you create contact with...