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  • Urban Legends Essay

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    We have all heard of strange and gory stories that are supposedly true, experienced by a friend of a friend. Whether true or not these so called "urban legends" tend to circulate throughout society thriving on each individual's fears and curiosity. What most people don't realize is, within these tales lies the attitudes and values of a community. These tales do not survive throughout the years solely on the basis of their entertainment level, but due to the fact that they reflect society's fears

  • Urban Myths Of Urban Legends

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    Imagine the urban legends from your younger years, a reminiscent of your wildest fears. Your heart rate gradually increases from the thought, feeling it pump out from your chest. Your breathing staggers and paranoia surrounds you. You’re frozen from fear, yet you can’t run or fight it off. As we grow, urban legends are intended to make us feel specific emotions: as children they instill fear, as adolescents they’re meant more as humorous banter, while as adults, they’re forgotten and replaced with

  • Urban Legend Bloody Mary

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    “Bloody Mary” legend over the many decades and versions, it's a challenge to really analyze its cultural symbolism, because it's different from culture to culture. However, it is possible to theorize a single interpretation by examining the more pointed points thatcomprise the legend together. The ritual is almost always carried out by children, most commonly girls, in a dark bathroom, by means of a chant. A woman then appears in the mirror, most typically with malicious intentions. The legend of “Bloody

  • Themes Of Urban Legends

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    amongst hundreds of people. Urban legend, by definition, is a humorous or horrific story that people usually believe, even when there is no proof of where it started from, or of the trustworthiness of that story. Urban legends have appealed to many ranges of audiences since this genre tends to attract many individuals. For instance, college students have taken an interest towards these legends, whether they like the strange stories or the actual messages behind it. Urban legends have taught college students

  • Urban Legends Essay

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    Jordan Groll American Society: Urban Legends in the Classroom What is it about America that causes students and people to crave an education? Could it be the intense pressures of society, or could it even be the simple fact that we want to educate ourselves? For centuries people were fine with being un-educated and life was simple and laid back, but when John Cotton (a noted Puritan Minister) established the first public school in America, people began to eat it up. And thus was

  • Essay on Urban Legend of Car Headlights

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    their urban legends. One legend, often called “Lights Out,” was mentioned by just about all of the students I interviewed. Those who did not mention it on their own recognized it when I described it. I interviewed a 19-year-old male sophomore who anticipates getting into the School of Business. He transferred from Community College this past fall, and currently lives with a relative in a nearby off-campus home. He went to a small Catholic high school. He recalls first hearing this legend early

  • Essay about Urban Legends

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    Joel Beckwith Febuary 13, 2001 Urban Legends In this paper I will explain exactly what an urban legend is,and give some examples of very popular ones that have been passed by word of mouth for decades across the United States. 1 " An urban legend is a story that is so bizarre,horrifying,or unexplainable, that it makes something inside of us want to believe it." Urban Legends can have traced origins from other countries, universities, states, or people,that just decided to made

  • What are Urban Legends? Essay

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    APS ISU – Urban Legends What are Urban Legends? How would one define an urban legend and what is it that differentiates it from other similar terms such as legends, myths and folklore? These terms tend to be group together, and for good reason considering they are all interrelated of each other as a means of storytelling. A legend is established upon historic events but have a fictional component to them and possess great significance to the culture from where it was born. Examples include the

  • The Urban Legend of Bloody Mary Essay

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    years) (The Internet Movie Database). This particular version of the popular urban legend of Bloody Mary originates locally from North Potomac, Maryland. The storyteller is a female 19-year-old Caucasian sophomore student, currently studying psychology at the University. The story was collected in the spring on the University campus. After dinner, in a one-on-one environment, she began the story of an urban legend from her childhood. I remember this from back in second grade. It scared

  • To Believe or Not to Believe, Modern Urban Legends Essay

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    To Believe or Not To Believe Modern Urban Legends      Many people have heard the tale of the dotty grandmother who tried to dry off her damp poodle by placing it in the microwave oven. The dog exploded, sad to say the least , and Grandma has never been quite the same since. The story is not true; it is an urban legend, circulating by word of mouth since the 1970s (Brunvand, 108). Urban legends are popular stories alleged to be true and transmitted from person to person