Humans were born with two fears; fear of falling, and fear of loud noises. According to the Oxford dictionary, fear is "an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain, or harm", but this definition is only one of many to define the term of 'fear '. Fear is events that we perceive to be dangerous to ourselves and to others. Fear is something that everyone possesses, and when conquered, turns into achievement. Before we discuss what defines fear, a clear line must be drawn between fear and anxiety.
The Fearful Lady Macbeth A person’s emotional response to a situation depicts their next course of action. One powerful emotion is fear. The Oxford Dictionary defines fear as an unpleasant emotion, caused by the threat of danger, pain or harm. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth fear is a prominent theme as it follows Macbeth’s and Lady Macbeth’s rise to power and their ultimate demise. The theme of fear altered Lady Macbeth’s mindset from a fearless women, to paranoid and then finally afraid of herself.
Throughout our lives, we will be met by situations and obstacles that we fear, it’s how we react to these obstacles and fear that shape us as individual and as a society. In the Article “Can a Playground Be Too Safe”, author John Tierney explains how we must be afraid for there to be success, risk taking behaviors pushing our limits and proving to ourselves what we are capable of. Along with risk taking: fear, pain, and dangers are all necessary for humans to grow mentally. Eliminating danger and fear from society and daily activities, stunts the growth of the brain and people now have the disadvantage of going into obstacles blindly. Some fear and pain is necessary in the natural growth and development of the human brain, to learn what is wrong from right and what we like and dislike.
Fear plays a big part in everyone’s lives. While not everyone will admit it, everyone is scared of something. There is a lot that isn’t known about the world and everything in it. For some this is a tool that can be used to develop horror in literature as well as many other things. “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”(H.P.
To summarize, Edgar Allan Poe’s stories illustrate how fear alters the character's mind and what the product is of such fear. Poe illustrates this through symbolism, irony, and imagery. Fear can be helpful by causing people to be cautious of their actions. However, people can also start to worry too much and become paranoid. In the end, Poe’s stories show people the differences of how to handle fear.
Death comes in many forms; you cannot keep it out or stop it because there will always be a possibility of it. The old man’s massive amount of fear towards the evil outside caused him to forget about the evil inside. In “The Masque of Red Death” Edgar Allan Poe uses a significant amount of irony to prove his continuous
Ignorance is all over the world as addressed in Robert Procter’s, “Agnotology.” Ignorance provides a basis for Trevor Noah’s, “Go Hitler!”. These readings are comparable in ways of the rhetorical elements of palilogy, logos and the use of narratives that speak to each validity of the readings. Noah uses effectual validity in “Go Hitler!” to support his claim of every culture teaching differently regarding historical events, yet Proctor uses factual validity in “Agnotology” to support his claim of people knowing an insufficient about ignorance. In both “Agnotology” and “Go Hitler!” people choose to ignore the truth and choose ignorance instead, and the implication this claim makes is that life is a never-ending series of ignoring the truth.
(Poe, lines 133-139). While Matheson’s idea of foreshadowing and the twist ending is represented by, “She shuddered Was it happening? A chill of horror swept across her”(Matheson, p110). Both stories use foreshadowing to tell the reader that something bad is going to happen. In Pit and Pendulum, it makes reader predict that something bad is waiting for the character which is worse than death but he manages to survive it.
Our emotions can turn fear into favorable actions. Fear can modify the way our actions conquer us. It can help us with awareness, survival, and saving us from death. Fear can also lead to paranoia and obsession. If we obsess over our fear and what’s ahead, death will overcome us and take over.
However, let us start our discussion by listing the main causes of this fear. The Main Causes 1. This fear can be related to a frightening experience that happened during childhood. 2. It is sometimes caused by the instinctive fear of death (i.e.
Wolpe’s systematic desensitization method was significant in that it provided an effective method of treating severe anxiety and phobic reactions. Phobias can significantly interfere with one’s life in that normal and desired functioning is made impossible and to help someone overcome a phobia is primarily the goal of systematic desensitization. Perhaps we already know how to overcome a fear and Wolpe was quick to point this out himself: frequent exposure to a feared object may result in the gradual disappearance of the fear. Although we already know this, systematic desensitization and the use of the anxiety hierarchy provided a way to treat extreme anxiety and phobic reactions when they interfere with normal functioning. On a personal perspective, if I were on the shoes of the researcher, in this case, Wolpe, I would not change anything about his perfected systematic desensitization method; his method effectively treated extreme anxiety and phobias.