Real Fears

by Austin Banzon "Ligeia" and "Ju-On: The Grudge"

The fear in "Ligeia"

The fear of ghosts is seen in the story "Ligeia" by Edgar Allan Poe when the narrator wakes up at night by chills and sees an apparition in the figure of his late wife, Rowena.

1st Example

"I stirred not --but gazed upon the apparition. There was a mad disorder in my thoughts --a tumult unappeasable. Could it, indeed, be the living Rowena who confronted me?"

2nd Example

"I would in vain attempt to portray the majesty, the quiet ease, of her demeanor, or the incomprehensible lightness and elasticity of her footfall. She came and departed as a shadow."

3rd Example

"She died; --and I, crushed into the very dust with sorrow, could no longer endure the lonely desolation of my dwelling in the dim and decaying city by the Rhine."

The Fear in "Ju-On: The Grudge"

The fear of seeing ghosts is still relevant today and can be seen in the movie "Ju-On: The Grudge" when the social welfare worker encounters a dead spirit in a abandoned house.


The main character throughout the movie is haunted by ghosts of the original owners of the house. The family that originally owned the house was murdered by the husband because he discovered his wife was in love with another man. The husband's actions created a curse that killed him. This fear of ghosts is what ultimately led to multiple deaths, and other people within the house consumed by the curse.