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Brandon Grafius

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781800348356

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781800348356.001.0001

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Characters and Family Dynamics

Characters and Family Dynamics

Chapter:
(p.61) Characters and Family Dynamics
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The Witch
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Brandon Grafius

Brandon Grafius

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781800348356.003.0005

This chapter treats the characters of The Witch (2015) individually, exploring how each of them reveals their personal hopes and anxieties, then discusses how these individual character arcs combine into the overall family dynamics. Starting with an exploration of William, the chapter argues that the film pulls a sleight-of-hand, setting him up as the main character before slowly revealing the protagonist to be Thomasin. The characterization of Black Phillip is treated, along with a brief discussion of his appropriation by popular culture.

Keywords:   The Witch (2015), Horror film, Folk horror, Black Phillip, Patriarchy, Family horror

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