Influence of Romanticism in the Contemporary Shows True Blood, American Horror Story, and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

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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.…show more content…
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 finds her cutting herself. Tate says “You’re doing it wrong, if you’re trying to kill yourself you cut vertically, they can’t stitch that up”. Tate loves Violet, so he does not mind if she dies because that would mean he can stay with her in the mansion forever. That quote coming from Tate would surprise anyone who hears it because it’s a different and creepy type of love that Tate feels for Violet because he wishes death upon someone he loves. I believe that Romanticism is displayed here in the sense that Violet wants emotional liberty and has a special ghost that supports her through it. Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas portrays a more kid-friendly aspect of Romanticism. The imagination behind this movie is remarkable and paints unfamiliar pictures but since it is animated it takes away from it being so scary to more funny. A good portion of the movie is expressed in music and the lyrics to the songs are eye-opening to say the least. When Jack leaves his Halloween

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