Lea SchulzMrs. LougheedComposition and Literature4 January 2018Mystery: An Annotated BibliographyGroup theme: The Mystery Genre adapted to Society’s openness towards controversial subjects like sex and violence. Supporting movie:Clue. Directed by Jonathan Lynn, Paramount pictures, 1985. This movie takes place at a dinner party where the host, Mr.Boddy, invited 6 guests to a dinner party who have all been blackmailed. He is eventually found to be dead, causing the rest of the movie to consist of the guests trying to discover the murderer. All of the guests have a high social standing, which they were threatened to lose if they did not attend the dinner party. This gives an insight into the scandalous lives of the upper class and the challenges that come with it, Marxism in incorporated throughout the whole film. The “scandals” that were uncovered in order to force the guests to come to the dinner were, among others, affairs, homosexuality and escort services. Taking into consideration that this movie was published in 1985, those were discreditable topics, whereas today those are subjects that appear in the media constantly. The violence in the movie was extremely mild and not very graphic, no blood appears in this film. This contrast underlines how mystery works were less dramatic in comparison to today.Anchor text:King, Stephen. Pet Sematary. Doubleday, 1989. Stephen King is known for his scary and exciting long novels, but he claims Pet Semetary to be one of his darkest books. He gained even more popularity after his book “It” was published as a film. In this book, there is a lot of graphic violence and it describes a sex scene, which lead to a higher acceptance of controversial topics in literature. The 1989 novel is about a family consisting of Dr. Louis Creed, his wife Rachel, son Gage and daughter Ellie who move to Maine. In their neighborhood, he meets Jud Crandall who suggest burying Louie’s daughter’s dead cat in the pet cemetery. It eventually returns to life, but has a change in personality as it becomes evil. Later in the book, Louis’ son Gage dies after getting run over by a truck. His father returns to the pet cemetery perform the same ritual on his son as he did with his daughter’s cat. Social issues are addressed in this book multiple times, for example during a flashback of Louis where he explains how Rachels father, who is, unlike Louis, in a high social standing, offered him a great sum of money in order to prevent him from marrying his daughter. Also, after Louis starts becoming friends with Jud and learns about the magic of the pet cemetery, he starts to question his job and life. This can be seen on page 489 where it says “How strange it all seemed…and how he wished they had never heard of the University of Maine, or Ludlow, or Jud and Norma Crandall, or any of it”, which underlines that he wishes he was not living his present life. The detailed description of violence in this book provided proof for our thesis, and the scene where the main character describes sexual activities with his wife made us specify our thesis from general violence to overall controversial topics. The setting in the story is mysterious with dark places and cemeteries. It addresses the problem of coping with death and the solution being the burial at the pet cemetery. In the end of mystery stories, the conclusion clears up a question that comes up in the story. In this book, the last few chapters reveal the secret of the pet cemetery. Supporting text:Listverse.com. 15 Oct. 2011, listverse.com/2011/10/15/ 10-more-mysterious-conspiracy-theories/. Accessed 5 Jan. 2018. This website is concerned with drama and mystery for entertainment purposes. This article is about real-life mysteries and conspiracy theories. We used this to have a source that is not fictional in order to underline how Mystery is appearing in real life. Conspiracy theories are controversial because they leave so much room for interpretation, which makes it very biased. We decided to include it anyways, because our intention was not to prove those theories right, but more to give an example of the use of mystery in nonfictional sources. These examples address very controversial topics which apply to our thesis.Supporting picture:Orcutt, Tony. Pet Sematary. 9 Nov. 2015. This piece of art by Tony Orcutt was created to provide a visual for the book written by Stephen King. The main characters of the story are displayed in this piece and portrayed in a way that is scary and disturbing. This underlined our statement that mystery evolved to be more terrifying. This source could be biased since everybody can interpret the book differently, therefore it is influenced by the artist’s opinions.Supporting text:Poe, Edgar Allan. The Purloined Letter. 1844 Edgar Allan Poe wrote this short story to continue the series of detective C. Auguste Dupin. He is solving the mystery of a stolen letter which contains important information. This text incorporates all elements of mystery and contains no graphic violence and few scandals. It was an objective story since it is fictional. The maiden in the story is portrayed as helpless.The woman who actually plays a big part in the story does not get a direct role in the story as she is barely present. This shows how in the time period while the book was written, men were believed to be inferior to women.Supporting text:Unexplained-mysteries.com. 22 Dec. 2017, www.unexplained-mysteries.com/news/ 314336/slender-man-stabbing-girl-gets-25-years. Accessed 5 Jan. 2018. This source is about real-life mysteries that have not been solved. This story focuses on two friends that tried to kill another girl for “Slender Man”. This was useful to bring another real-life example. It is not biased, since the article is just facts. Information is reliable, BBC was used as a source within this article and there were quotes from the people involved.