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That's a good question, Master Pryor. Why are we studying this?
That's why we study literature - to see what influences us.
And influence is why we focus on the classics:
those works that have survived the filter of posterity,
those works which consistently influence generation after generation.
There are great works - and howlers - in every age.
But some works, of greater or lesser quality, endure,
because they resonate with audiences again and again and again.
That's why we study Dracula next to Dickens
Gudndam next to Goethe and Star Wars next to Shakespeare...
even, as you note, Half-Life next to Hamlet.
For better or worse, these are the works
that influenced us from generation to generation.
I hope that answered your question.-Norton Siegel, Instructor, Advanced Placement Literature, Videograph, and Videogame Studies 301
Now, let us return to our focus on the influence of horror,
with particular attention to the Japanese Renaissance
of the late twentieth century and the spearhead of its
subsequent American Invasion, the "sadako-tan"
or cursed girl archetype...