By Alexa Mastrangelo
“She is walking quickly towards us… and extends two jackets in her hands…but they’re not safe…A furious static is billowing form the fabric. A lump pops to life in her left breast …an immediate fierce anger rises from my stomach and her inability to leave me alone…’Mom I told you…I said no jacket!’ ‘Why don’t you listen to me?’….If she only knew everything I’m doing every second of every day to keep her safe…”
So how many of you reading that quote thought, “Hmm this is some book about a psychopath”? And let me tell you if you were one of those people then you were one hundred percent wrong. This quote is from the book “Obsessed: A Memoir of My Life with OCD” by Alison Brits. Shocked? I would think so if you were one of those people that thought young Alison Brits was a psychopath. See, in today’s world we all learn the standard definition for OCD in health class: “It’s when people have to put things in a specific order or do actions over and over again.” No big deal right? But what they don’t teach you in health class is why. Our health teachers don’t really have the time to go into depth about each mental disorder so a lot of stereotypes and misunderstandings tart to happen. None of us learn the whole reason behind why people with OCD do what they do and how their minds work, and the answer is probably more shocking and way more unexpected than you could have seen.
OCD stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, so it can really be split up into two parts, the obsessions and the compulsions. Obsessions are thoughts that people with OCD have in their heads that happen over and over again and they can’t control them. Compulsions are the repeated behaviors or rituals that OCD people go through to get the thoughts away or to make them feel better. It can be really complicated inside an OCD person’s mind because you might just see a person tapping a book every time they enter a room for a certain number of times, but in their minds they could be thinking, If I tap this book then my family won’t get into a car crash or If I tap this book until it feels right, I won’t get sick and I’ll live longer. Sometimes what the person is doing and what they are trying to prevent could have no relationship with each other, but to the person with OCD, there is a connection.
It can be really scary to have OCD because there are so many different types that could drastically change your life. For example, a person with OCD could be afraid of something bad happening to them or to their families, they could be afraid of hurting people by accident, they could be afraid of being emotionally contaminated, or afraid of just regular contamination. People with OCD have fears that are so vivid in their minds that they do the rituals or the repeated behaviors or just keeping their things in a certain order so that the fears won’t come true.
Moreover, people with OCD can get really angry and defensive when people try to mess with their compulsions, they try to talk them out of it, or they question them about it because they know that they can’t justify the way they feel. For example, a student with OCD said, “I started to get really upset when people touched me and I even screamed at my parents and my siblings when they touched me. I even got really upset in school and sometimes I couldn’t take it. It was like I wanted to rip my skin off. So as soon as I got home I would close myself in my room and claw at my skin, banging my hand on my leg and screaming random words - anything to get the feel of the other person off of my skin. I have to do it. I have to. It doesn’t feel right if I don’t and I know that if I don’t everything is going to change and I can’t take that. I can’t take what I don’t want to happen coming true.”
This student is an example of how OCD can change someone’s life completely and so suddenly and other people probably don’t even know that this student has OCD because they don’t show it in school or around people. So many people just assume that if a person looks fine then everything is ok, but they don’t understand what is happening in their heads. This is why so many people underestimate OCD and think “Oh it shouldn’t even be a mental disorder. It’s nothing.” But they couldn’t be more wrong.
Most of what happens with OCD happens in someone’s head and it’s even harder to get treatment for it. The whole treatment for OCD is called Exposure and Response Therapy (ERT). This is when the person with OCD has to go to a psychologist and they have to be exposed to the things that they are afraid of the most and then they have to be exposed to it constantly without doing their compulsions. ERT starts out by the OCD person writing a list of the things that make them anxious and make them want to do the compulsions, starting with the things that are the least scary to them and then building up to the one thing that they are the most scared of. It is really hard work because in a person with OCD’s mind, they have almost like a little voice, not a psychotic voice, but almost like a whisper that tells them what to do or to do things over and over again. Though some people try to fight it, other people just go completely along with it and they can’t stop doing their compulsions until they get worse and worse and develop new ones. And then their whole lives could be destroyed.
That probably sounds really dramatic and it does take a lot of time before a person with OCD gets to that point and most people do get therapy for it, but in some cases it can happen. For example, a girl without OCD could think, I have to walk to school every morning but before I leave I have to lock the door, then be on her way. But a person with OCD would think, I have to walk to school every morning but before I leave I have to lock the door. Then she has to start walking and check in again just to make sure because if she doesn’t, then her mom could be killed. Then halfway to school she has to walk all the way back to make sure that it’s checked because she really doesn’t want her mom to be killed. Then she starts walking again and checks the lock again, getting really scared now, until an idea forms in her head, “If I check the lock, snap my fingers three times, and stand on one foot for exactly three seconds and then walk to school and turn back only one time when I am halfway to the school, then my mom won’t be killed and the lock will be good.” But then the next day she starts to think, What if my dad is killed? So she does her ritual, but instead of walking back one time, she walks back two times. The next day three times. And so on for every family member that could be killed. And she can’t just stop it. You may be saying to yourself, “Well why doesn’t she just not walk back? It’s simple.” No, it’s not. That hypothetical girl would be so convinced that her family members would be killed that she wouldn’t tell anyone, and if anyone ever questioned her about it she would flip out because don’t they know how she is saving them.
People with OCD can’t break their routine. It’s just as simple as that. They get their minds so worked up in a loop that the more and more their OCD progresses, the harder it is for them to escape. In fact, John Green wrote a book called Turtles All the Way Down about a girl named Aza with OCD, but hers was about getting sick or having bacteria in her stomach. She was so scared that she had this bacteria that she had to drain her wound every day, she had to reach the same human macrobiotic article over and over again, and she even wound up drinking hand sanitizer. She was in so deep that she thought she knew she had bacteria inside her and even though her voice of reason was telling her that hand sanitizer wasn’t going to help, she couldn’t stop. In his book, he compared OCD to a spiral: “The deeper you follow a spiral, the more it tightens.” This is because if you don’t get help, OCD could become your past, your present, and your future.
Another big part of OCD for some people is magical thinking or rational verses irrational fear. This can happen in a lot of people with OCD and it is in the example of the hypothetical girl who had to keep walking back to school. Magical thinking or irrational fear is when a person thinks that something is going to happen to another thing if they do or don’t do something. That sounds pretty confusing, but an example is just like the girl: If she keeps walking back home, then her family members won’t be killed. Is that really going to happen? No. Yes, her family members could die one day, just not as a result of her not locking the door. If one day she doesn’t check the door and her family members are killed, is it her fault? No. But to that girl it would be, so a lot of people with OCD start to negotiate with the OCD when some of their compulsions get harder and harder for them to do and they are so afraid of what will happen if they don’t do them. For example, in the memoir Obsessed, by Alison Brits, she couldn’t step on cracks or suddenly she would get cancer. But somedays it just got too hard for her to watch out for all of the sidewalk cracks, so she started negotiating different foods. If she stepped on a crack this morning then she would only have one part of the lunch, and every food item had to be planned out. Irrational fear or magical thinking is a really hard part of OCD to deal with.
Besides regular OCD, there are types of OCD called pure O or pure C, which mean either a person only has obsessions or only has compulsions. These types of OCD are a lot harder to diagnose and a lot harder to get treatment for too. A person with pure O OCD has compulsions but they are completely mental so you can’t see them. For example, there may be unwanted pictures, inappropriate or unwanted thoughts, and even mental impulses that the person doesn’t want so they have to go through different motions in their minds. This means that they might have to think about the same thought over and over again to get rid of the unwanted one, or they might have to finish certain thoughts before they can think about something else. A lot of people with Pure C OCD have a lot of trouble in therapy because the therapists can’t really know if they are doing their compulsions or not so the therapy might not even work. Right now different therapists are working to figure out if Pure C OCD is even a thing because OCD has a lot to do with mental thoughts, so if a person isn’t having the thoughts just the recurring feeling to do these actions, is it still considered OCD? But, in theory, a person with Pure C OCD could just need to keep doing routines over and over again, so that they could feel better, but there wouldn’t really be that much thinking that is happening in the person’s head.
If you or someone you know is suffering from OCD, it is important to seek help. https://www.psychguides.com/guides/how-to-find-help-treating-obsessive-compulsive-disorder/
By Rita Lin
Agatha Christie was born on September 15, 1890 as Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller in Torquay, United Kingdom. She was the youngest of three siblings and was educated at home by her mother who encouraged her to write. By 16, she went to Paris to study music but fell in love with writing and continued on to create some of the world’s most renowned mystery works. She is best known for creating the intelligent Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot and the female sleuth, Miss Marple. She has written 66 detective novels and 14 short stories. In addition, she has also written the longest running play in history called the Mousetrap. She is the world’s best-selling author only outsold by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her works have been translated into more than 100 languages and sold in various countries.
At the age of 24, Christie married a World War I fighter pilot named Archibald Christie. Shortly after their marriage her husband began serving in the war and Christie worked as a nurse in a hospital in Torquay. It was working there did she first get the inspiration of writing a detective novel. She wrote a novel during this year, but it was not published until 1920. In 1920, Christie published her first detective novel called The Mysterious Affair At Styles. It was the first time that the public was introduced to the stubby, egg headed sleuth named, Hercule Poirot. Her inspiration came from her interactions with the Belgian soldiers when she worked as a nurse during the world war. In 1922, Christie wrote her second novel called The Secret Adversary, featuring a detective couple Tommy and Tuppence. The following year, she wrote her second novel featuring Poirot again called the, Murder on the Links. In addition, in 1926, her more notable work, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.
On December 3, 1926, Christie drove away from home and would not be heard from for eleven days. Her disappearance would spark one of the largest manhunts to be recorded ever in history. At the time, Christie was already a very well- known writer to the public and her disappearance led to the outcry of many loyal followers of Christie’s works. Many search missions were organized to find the missing writer. Even Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, was dragged in to help find the missing writer. After a few days, the police found Christie’s car in Newlands Corner, near Guildford a town in England, however, Christie was nowhere to be found. Some people began to speculate that Christie committed suicide near a natural spring close to where her car was located, but there was no body found. In the second week of the search, news of Christie’s disappearance reached the entire world, even making the front page of the New York Times. It wasn’t until December 14, 1926, was she found in Harrogate, a town in England in a hotel later known as the Old Swan Hotel. When Christie was found she could not remember anything that had happened in the past eleven days. Even more bizarre was the name Christie used to check into the hotel, Theresa Neale. The name she used was very similar to Nancy Neale the woman who Christie’s husband, Archibald had an affair with. The police along with the help of Christie’s husband came up with a deduction as to what happened in the eleven days of Christie’s disappearance. They deduced that Christie got in a car crash, abandoned her car and boarded a train to Harrogate. Due to the car crash, Christie suffered memory loss, therefore not remembering anything when the police questioned her. However, a biographer stated that she suffered psychogenic amnesia caused by trauma and stress. People theorized the cause of her amnesia regards the recent death of her mother and the shocking realization that her husband was disloyal to her. Eventually, Christie recovered her memory and continued to write, but the mystery of her disappearance will be one that only Christie can explain.
In 1928, Christie divorced Archibald and left England to the Canary Islands where she wrote The Mystery of the Blue Train. In the same year, Christie was invited to travel to an archaeological site where she found a new interest in archeology. The following year she was invited back and met Max Mallowan, whom she married in 1930. Christie found the company of Mallowan comforting and their relationship was built on the shared interest of travel. Due to their mutual interest they embarked on many travels together to various places including the Middle East. Her travels have inspired many of the novels she wrote especially the works taking place in the Middle East like Death on the Nile, Murder in Mesopotamia and They Came to Baghdad. One of her most notable works, Murder on the Orient Express (1934) was inspired after her travels on the Orient Express. It was also during 1930, she began writing with a pen name, Mary Westamcott; using this name she wrote six romance novels. When World War II started in 1939, Christie s husband Mallowan was recruited to assist the war effort due to his proficiency with language. In the absence of Mallowman, Christie wrote many novels including The Body in the Library, Five Little Pigs and The Moving Finger. It was also during this time period, Agatha Christie's most well known novel was published, And Then There Were None (I would highly recommend this novel to everyone). It is an all-time favorite and the plot is one of the most twisting and complex mysteries she has ever written.
Her Later Years
In 1946, Christie's cover as Mary Westmacott was exposed and she found much disappoint from that because she enjoyed writing freely under someone else’s name instead of her own. In 1956, Christie was appointed to the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). The CBE is an honor bestowed to an individual by the Queen for outstanding or prominent activity that benefits society. In 1971, Christie was promoted from CBE to Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (DBE). A few years later on January 12, 1976, Christie died due to natural causes.
1) Her favorite color was green.
2) Her first book the Mysterious Affair at Styles was rejected by six publishers before its debut in 1920.
3) Her first book was written after a bet with her sister, Madge.
4) She had expert knowledge on poisons.
5) She refrained from smoking and drinking.
6) When Hercule Poirot died in one of Christie’s last books, there was an obituary written for him appearing on The New York Times.
7) She loved archaeology influenced by her second husband.
8) Her books have sold more than 2 billion copies, that’s more than the population of China and the USA combined!
9) Her favorite book that she wrote was And Then There Were None and it was one of the most difficult to write.
10) She described The Mystery of the Blue Train as the worst book she ever wrote.
If anyone is interested in reading any of her works, below is a link that includes all the titles of her stories and novels.
By Lyra Lu
Didaskaleinophobia is known to inflict 2%-5% of school going children. Derived from the greek word, didasko, to teach, and phobos, to fear, it means an irrational fear of or going to school.
When I was in seventh grade, I stumbled upon a lengthy conversation with a friend about phobias, and thus it rekindled an interest that had long been dormant. A few days after, I scoured the net for a list of phobias. Very soon, I found what I was looking for. Since then, I found joy sharing definitions of random phobias, and seeing who knew the words. I did this throughout my lunch period, which took place in 7th grade science teacher Mrs. Ostroff’s room.
This interest died as I entered high school, due in part to the changing atmosphere. Recently, many books I have been reading seem to have their own take on fearfulness, and I was interested in the field once more.
I’ve taken to searching up the most common and most outrageous phobias that I could find, as well as finding a few quotes on fears that I rather enjoy.
Just to clarify, phobias, derivative from the Greek word phobos, is a kind of anxiety disorder that causes irrational fear or anxiety when in contact with the stimuli. A phobic person may go to great lengths to avoid the cause of their phobia, and when unable to do so, their ability to function may be compromised.
“Fear is an idea-crippling, experience crushing, success-stalling,
inhibitor inflicted only by yourself.”
Fear of heights
Akron, in Greek, is synonymous with summit, and therefore used to describe a fear of heights. An acrophobiac may fear anything between standing on a tall surface and climbing a ladder. Often, the affected individual will feel shaking, sweating, or heart palpitations - classic anxiety symptoms. However, the more severely affected individual may feel frozen, vertigo, or lack of faith in their balance. The best way to overcome these feelings is to descend quickly to a height of comfort for the affected individual.
Fear of Spiders
Probably the fear that most know the name of, Arakhnē, meaning spider in Greek, is a phobia that refers to fear of spiders. This fear is more prominent in females than males and psychologists suspect that this fear arises from evolutionary instinct since many spiders are venomous. Others speculate that this fear stems from common cultural misconceptions, as most spiders pose little threat to humans. Arachnophobes usually avoid outdoor activities such as camping or hiking. They will also have problems dealing with a spider present in their home and may resort to leaving the house.
Fear of publicly having a panic attack
While this fear is relatively harder to explain, it is generally the fear of being in a place that may induce panic, helplessness or embarrassment. Similar to its meaning, Agora means public open space, or marketplace in Greek. This condition usually develops after the occurrence of one or more panic attacks, and those with panic disorder have a high chance of developing this fear. Agoraphobes have trouble feeling safe in public places, especially where crowds gather.
Fear of Germs
Another extremely common phobia is the fear of germs, which holds many names. It is most commonly referred to as Germaphobia. Musos in Greek indicates uncleanliness, and therefore this fear is named as Mysophobia. Mysophobes can often be confused with people with OCD, as both will wash their hands repetitively, or clean things repetitively. (Read Alexa Mastrangelo’s article on OCD to learn more on the condition [Insert Link]) However the difference lies in that those suffering from OCD usually do it for the repetitive action itself, while a mysophobiac does it to rid of germs. Mysophobes may carry around sanitary wipes, hand sanitizer, wear gloves, and avoid contact with people and/or objects.
Fear of Lightning or Thunder
Astraphobia, which can also be known as astrapophobia is the abnormal and irrational fear of thunder and lightning. It is composed of the Greek word astrape, lightning, therefore indicating their anxiety during a thunderstorm. Often, astraphobes are aware that the threat of thunder is minimal, however, they will still tremble, cry, sweat, feel nauseous, and panicked in the event of such as storm. They will often seek reassurance from others, and their symptoms are enhanced when they are alone. They may also take extra effort to smother the thunderous sounds. An astraphobiac will be alert for incoming storms, and track thunderstorms.
Fear of dogs
Most people with cynophobia have an early traumatic experience with a dog, such as being attacked, or witnessing an attack. Often, this phobia will show up around the age of 10, though there are instances of it showing up later in life. The symptoms are pretty much the same as any other phobia, including panic, loss of control, trembling, lightheadedness, or feeling powerless. It is estimated the there are more than 62 million dogs in the US alone, meaning the chances of running into one is fairly common. A third of those possessing cynophobia will seek treatment to help improve their mental state of being.
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear”
A majority of the strange fears that I’ve listed here have interestingly long names, and this one is no exception. Achondroplasia, the most common form of short limb dwarfism indicates, you guessed it! The fear of dwarfism and midgets. These people will often avoid any place that a midget may hypothetically show up, which may be anywhere, therefore, they will often strand themselves in their own houses to prevent coming in contact with their stimuli.
Speaking of fear with long names, I present this fear that is so long that I can barely pronounce it. Ironically, the fear that is one of the longest words in the dictionary, is the fear of long words. It can also be called sesquipedalophobia, which uses the word sesquipedalian to indicate the fear of long words. Sesquipedalis is a Greek word that literally means a foot and a half long. A sesquipedalian person is someone who enjoys, and often uses long words. While this phobia is often thought to be a jocular phobia, it actually does exist, arising from a traumatic event. The best treatment for this phobia is gradual exposure to long words, usually with the assistance of a medical professional..
As you may have already deduced from the beginning of this long word, triskaidekaphobia is the morbid fear of the number thirteen. Derived from the Greek word triskaideka, which as expected, is thirteen, triskaidekaphobes are irrationally afraid or have superstitions of the number thirteen. Thirteen has always been considered a bad omen in our culture, and is deeply rooted in humans due to tradition as well as biblical association. Judas, who ultimately betrayed Jesus was thought to be the thirteenth apostle present at the last supper. In more modern culture, many airlines and hotels will refuse to use the number 13 when numbering seats, floors, rooms and aisles. I recall in China, while staying as a hotel, a building with 4 floors was marked as having 5 since the 4th floor was omitted. In Chinese, the word for four sounds very similar to death, and therefore, some believe it to be a bad omen. This phobia may also lead to paraskevidekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia.
Paraskevidekatriaphobia or Friggatriskaidekaphobia
This phobia is usually an extension of Triskaidekaphobia and is the fear of Friday the thirteenth. Paraskevi is Greek for Friday, and Frigg is the Norse goddess of Friday. This fear, like the prior one is deeply rooted in history and superstition. Ships have not been launched on Friday the thirteenth ever since the HMS, which was a famous 18th century ship that was launched on Friday the thirteenth and never heard from again. On October 13th, 1307, French king, Philip IV conducted multiple raids, arrested and tried Templar knights on charges such as blasphemy. This event took place on a Friday, and since then, Friday the 13th has been associated with many urban legends. Surprisingly, this fear affects 8% of people in the United States. The best treatment is to educate oneself instead of partaking in rituals or succumbing to the fear.
This phobia is not an actually approved phobia yet, nor is it derived from any Greek word. Nomo is actually short for no-mobile, thus indicating its fear of being parted from a mobile phone or connection services. As the use of mobile phones continues to rapidly rise in the young, the number of those who’ve become steadfastly addicted to it also continues to increase. This phobia had been proposed to name those that have an anxiety disorder of being away from a fully and normally functioning phone, which in itself is concerning, as just two to three hundred years ago, mobile phone were non-existent.
This is a fear that you’ve most likely already guessed the meaning to. Both phobo and phobia are derived from the Greek word phobos, synonymous with morbid fear. Therefore, it can be easily inferred that phobophobia is an irrational fear of having a phobia. Those with phobophobia are so scared of developing a phobia, that they develop a phobia of ever having a phobia! If this explanation is in any way confusing, don’t worry, as even though I wrote it, it still sounds very odd to myself. Regardless of which, this phobia is a very ironic phobia for obvious reasons.
Anatidaephobia is derived from the word Greek anatidae which refers to duck, geese, and other waterfowls. While this phobia mainly concerns ducks, it can extend to geese as well. Definitely one of my favorite phobias at the current moment, anatidaephobia is the fear of ducks. This fear is not a conventional duck fear though, in fact, an anatidaephobiac may not fear an attack by a duck, or touching a duck, rather they are afraid of the prospect that somewhere in the vast world, there may be a duck watching them. This debilitating fear may cause the individual to always feel the presence of a duck, and induce classic phobia symptoms such as sweating, shakiness, and helplessness. Those suffering from anatidaephobia may have developed it due to childhood trauma. If persisting, this phobia can eventually disrupt everyday life causing the affected individual to be too fearful to even leave their own dwelling. Treatment options include a hypnosis session, and genuinely supportive companions.
“What if I fall?
Oh, my darling,
What if you fly?”
By Lyra Lu
If you have or had Algebra I class, it’s expected that you learn many formulas, and solve many problems. One of the many formulas learnt in the course is the Pythagoras Theorem which is a2 + b2 = c2. This theorem is used to determine if a triangle is a right triangle or not and can find single missing lengths. Modern day GPS systems also use this theorem to help compute distance between locations. Additionally as you age and learn more in math, you will eventually learn many similar theorems/formulas. You may have also inferred that Pythagoras is the founder, so to speak, of the theorem. However, what if this is wrong? How could it be? The theorem is named after him, so why would he not be the founder of it? Perhaps it’s a Hardy-Weinberg issue, where the credit was given to the second person who developed it, and not the first (1). That’s kind of the case.
It is not firmly established yet whether Pythagoras came up with the theorem with no major external influence, or if he developed what the Babylonians already knew. Yes, you read that right, Babylonian people! Namely it was a tablet that they had: the famous Plimpton 332 (see image); although you probably have never heard of it. This was written in 1800 BC, and to put things into perspective, it was nearly 4000 years ago. Seems we’ve hit a decline if it took that long for anyone to re-create it. Just like with sewage systems, the Olmec (over 2000 years ago) developed it long before it was recreated modern day (2).
Anyway, Plimpton 332 contained fifteen Pythagoras triples written in Cuneiform (ancient wedge shaped writing) and was named after George Arthur Plimpton, who eventually gave it to Columbia University. I’m sure you would all love to know how it was written, but I’m in no mood to bewilder anyone, so if you’re curious, search it up! So the Babylonians knew math better than Pythagoras did. Big deal. He still developed it, right? Well… maybe? To find out we’ll need to explore more into Pythagoras’ life.
Pythagoras of Samos lived from 580 – 500 BCE and was coached at an early age by Thales, who is another famous mathematician. Thales worked mainly with geometry. He is also credited as the first philosopher and associated with the famous quote “Know thyself.” It’s no wonder, then, Pythagoras was so well accustomed to math and its workings. Not only that, he practically worshiped math. He believed god to be a number, and thought ten was a special number, indeed, believing 10 was related to 4 (1+2+3+4=10), and that it was a holy number. He and his followers believed 1 to be the generator of all numbers. The number 2 he associated with females and opinion, 3 with males and harmony, 4 was justice/retribution, and 6 was creation, as well as the first perfect number (the numbers go on, and I’ll leave more at the end of this article). He was also attracted to square numbers or what we call perfect squares, going as far as creating a method to find perfect squares, which I won’t bore you with.
Pythagoras was an avid traveler and went to places such as Egypt and Mesopotamia (Babylonia). In Egypt he studied religion and math. Likewise, he also studied math in Mesopotamia, as well as astronomy and scientific methods. Some believe he learned the theorem during his visit, and others believe he simply absorbed related concepts. Regardless, he was still the first (as we know of) to prove the Pythagoras Theorem. Additionally, his ideas also seem to be related to Indian principles, so some believe he may have traveled as far as India.
The truth of the matter is that we do not quite know. And he isn’t the only mysterious one! To us, there is always someone we don’t know much about, there is always more to learn, and there are always more questions to ask! Always stay curious and inquisitive!
1 Learnt in Ms. Foraker’s class in 8th grade, Thanks!
2 Learnt in Ms. Buffalino’s class in 9th grade, Thanks!
A Strange Wilderness by Amir D. Aczel – Most of my information came from here.
By Gianna Marasco
The Netflix Original Series Stranger Things can be said to be one of the greatest shows of modern television. Through incorporating the aspects of horror, drama, and an 80’s aesthetic, the Duffer Brothers managed to create something amazing. For those of you who haven’t seen the show, don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for you. Stranger Things takes place in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, in the mid-1980’s. The story begins when a young boy named Will Byers unexpectedly goes missing, without leaving a trace. The plot thickens as a girl named Eleven enters the story, as she introduces the supernatural aspect to the show, with her strange powers of telekinesis. While Will is missing, his three friends, Mike, Dustin and Lucas, set out to find him, detecting that something weird is beginning to happen in Hawkins. Without revealing any more of the plot, I want to talk about why Stranger Things has been getting all of the positive recognition that it has been receiving.
At least for me, Stranger Things was enticing because of the successful use of the 80’s aesthetic. Throughout watching the show, there is always a sort of sepia haze present in the scenes, which really grabs your attention and induces a feeling of nostalgia. Not only was the use of color appealing, but the way in which the actors were styled also catches your eye. The 1980’s were specifically a time where denim and pops of color were very popular. This was definitely evident in the show, as characters such as Nancy Wheeler and Steve Harrington often wore clothes with just a pop of color, and an emphasis on denim. On a completely different note, the way the show was filmed also was really cool, and provided a perspective that was different than those present on modern television. The cinematography was beautiful, and the director utilized aspects such as character placement in many of the scenes to keep the viewer interested. Stranger Things has received very positive feedback for its direction, cinematography, and its casting. Overall, Stranger Things was not only inviting because of its plot, but because of its production and style.
If you haven’t seen Stranger Things, I recommend you watch it! It has something for everyone, from horror to drama. Also, be sure to check out the second season if you’ve seen the first, as the story continues with the addition of new antagonists and characters.
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