Out of all the things we were assigned to read/watch this semester, my favorite was definitely the movie “Coraline”. This is because I have been watching Coraline since it came out! It has always been one of my favorite movies. Although I have watched it about a million times, it really made me view it from a different aspect in a sense that I always knew it had a creepy vibe, but I never had knowledge about what the word “gothic” really meant, and knowing that we could really pinpoint gothic elements in the movie was a new experience for me. Another one of my favorite assignments was to watch “Dracula”. Although it is a very old film, it is such an iconic movie that I never brought myself to sit and watch, so it was really interesting to see how the movie brings about a bunch of gothic elements. I initially thought that the movie would be boring and hard to understand, being that the movie is from many years ago. However, I was proven wrong, and I actually became very fond of the film. I also liked the fact that we had to do some research on what was happening in the world at the time that Dracula was released because it forced us to think deep into everything and not just look at comparisons on the surface. My least favorite assignment this semester was to read Castle of Otranto. Although this reading does have an interesting storyline, I felt very discouraged by the major difference in language because of the time this story takes place in. What I’ve learned from this is that I need to study and learn more about the English language from the past. Thank you, professor Westengard for a great semester and introducing me to a whole different perspective of what it means to be gothic!
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