“There’s a hole in the world like a great black pit, and it’s filled with people who are filled with shit and the vermin of the world inhabit it…but not for long.”Tim Burton is an acclaimed director, known for his dark and eccentric style and classic gothic atmosphere. “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet […]

“You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings.” – RW pg 2 “What can stop the determined heart and resolved will of man?” -RW pg 134  “One man’s life or death were but a small price to pay for the acquirement […]

Analyse how the strengths and/ or weaknesses of one or more characters reinforced a message. Strengths and WeaknessesMessageEvidenceCharacter Weakness: VFDangerously acquires knowledge + pushing the limits of nature due to his need to knowObtaining knowledge which the human frame cannot acquire will mess with the balance of life.“One secret which I alone possessed was the […]

Produce an essay of fluent and coherent writing which develops, sustains and structures ideas and commands attention. Tim Burton has a very defined style as a director. Analyse how he uses visual and/or verbal features across two or more of his films to fulfil the common conventions of Gothic fiction. Gothic conventions/ elements  are represented […]

“And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night. And one by one dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall.” “Masque of the Red Death” is a Gothic short story written by […]

Aspect Visual Techniques Verbal Techniques Tone and Mood -Monochromatic colour palette: grey, white and black -Tone: There is a supernatural tone to how Sweeney cuts hair, the only supernatural element in the film. Sound effects of the sloppy pies squishing are unnerving. Character – Lovett Submissive, powerless over Sweeney, high camera angle during her discussions […]

“No man’s knowledge here can go beyond his experience” Above is a quote is from John Locke, an English philosopher and one of the most influential ‘enlightenment thinkers’. Emphasized in his essay ‘Concerning Human Understanding’ is the exploration and understanding of the acquisition of knowledge. According to Locke, us humans shouldn’t cross the limit of […]

“There was an iciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heart -an unredeemed dreariness of thought which no goading imagination could torture into aught of the sublime.” “The Fall of the House of Usher” is a gothic short story written by Edgar Allen Poe, which tells the tale of the narrator’s unnerving and discomforting visit […]

John Locke (1632-1704) is an English philosopher from the United Kingdom whose theories contributed greatly to the age of enlightenment. He contributed to the social contract theory and also famously developed the theory of mind, revolving around the concept of ‘tabula rasa’ which meant that when born,one’s mind is a blank slate. He is most […]