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Joshua Grimm

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325581

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325581.001.0001

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Path to Victory

Path to Victory

(p.83) Chapter 6: Path to Victory
It Follows

Joshua Grimm

Liverpool University Press

This chapter investigates the final scene of David Robert Mitchell'sIt Follows as the ultimate conclusion for whomever is tethered to the entity. It reviews the entity that possesses the ability to move through obstacles at a walking pace until it gets within close proximity to its target. It also discusses the urban legend, which is a story that has exposition, an inciting incident, climax, and denouement. The chapter analyses how certain narratives become salient through the urban legend and become enmeshed in the fears, concerns, even pleasures of a particular cultural moment. It explores how the urban legend is useful as a warning about a local threat within the context of the horror genre.

Keywords:   David Robert Mitchell, It Follows, entity, urban legend, cultural moment, horror genre

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