English 178 Midterm Essay

English 178 Midterm Essay - English 178: Horror &...

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English 178: Horror & Fantasy Midterm Essay Instructions For this essay, address one of the following questions: A: So far in this semester, we’ve spent quite a lot of time talking about elves. So it seems fitting that we write about them. Looking at Ludwig Tieck’s “The Elves” and Francis Stevens’s “The Elf Trap,” compare and contrast the characterization of elves. How are they portrayed in these stories? What purpose do they serve? (Or do they serve a purpose?) What is their relationship to humans and to nature? What are the circumstances under which they leave and what are the consequences of their leaving? Are there any other ways in which Tieck’s and Stevens’s depictions of elves are similar and/or dissimilar? Use these questions as guides but feel free to go beyond them as you feel necessary. B: Discuss Oscar Wilde’s use of the “fantastic” in The Picture of Dorian Gray . What part does fantasy play in the plot and the themes of this novel? How are the subversive motifs of the novel intertwined with the novel’s fantastic elements? What is Wilde saying about art in general
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