Like A Nightmare On Elm Street Analysis

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The modern horror genre constantly uses sleep as a plot device. In A Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy Krueger haunts people in their sleep and, in countless other movies and literature, ghosts and dolls always attach when the moon has risen. Even in reality, sleep can be horrifying. People can sleepwalk, have nightmares, or even awake temporarily paralyzed (sometimes even for hours). So, the use of sleep in the horror genre is anything but unusual and the device is definitely not a new construct. As early as 1897, authors were using sleep as devices in their own horror works. Bram Stoker does this in his novel Dracula. Like A Nightmare on Elm Street, the characters’ own subconscious minds are working against them. However, instead of Freddy
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