The Real Monsters in Corpse Bride, a Film by Tim Burton

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When the living are dead, the dead live: a study about the monsters in tim burton’s corpse bride. The monsters appear in the literature since its beginning, illustrating frescos and composing the decoration of the medieval churches. However, the character represented by the monster loses its importance in the studies about the aesthetic of beauty, posteriorly it assumed a position against the beauty and nowadays the monster got his prestige back using a new suit following the studies of Gothic.

The movie Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (2005) is a free adaptation of an old European fairytale (later released in France in the book La Morte Amoureuse, by Théophile Gautier) that Burton once was told when he was in college. Set in a dark and monotonous Victorian village, tells the story of Victor, the only son of the Van Dort’s, a family of fishers that has recently enriched but stills not accepted by the high society. To solve the problems, they decided to marry him to Victoria, the heiress of the Everglots – owners of titles, properties, glamour, everything but money.

In the day of the wedding, Victor decides to train his vows in the woods and accidently proposes Emily, a bride that was fooled and killed by her fiancée.

In this exactly point of the movie, we are transported to the underworld where Emily lives, and we can notice a very obvious paradox: the world of the dead is happy, colorful and made of true friendships whereas the world of the living is a sad and monochromatic world.

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The objective of this article is to study the monstrosity in these societies, focusing Emily, the corpse bride. The methodology is based in bibliographic review and analysis of the corpus chosen. Authors who deserve to be emphasized are David Punter and Glennis Byron (2004) who dedicated a chapter to the “ Monster” in their book The Gothic. According to Punter and Byron (2004,p. 263):

Etymologically speaking, the monster is something to be shown, something that serves to demonstrate (Latin, monstrare: to demonstrate) and to warn (Latin, monere: to warn). From classical times through to the Renaissance, monsters were interpreted either as signs of divine anger or as portents of impending disasters. This way, the monstrous was traditionally associated as a presage of something dangerous, many times getting confused with the danger in fact. In the movie, we can see a society that aim at getting more money, always afraid and worried with everything (mainly what other people think about them). Thus, they have lives that

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