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  • Exposition/Opening
  • Rising Action
  • *Slam*
  • Climax
  • "It's close to midnight, something evil's lurking from the dark"(Jackson 1-2). "You try to scream"(Jackson 5). We are introduced to a setting, a conflict, "something evil", and a character "you". Michael Jackson sets the mood by combining eerie lyrics and pop tunes to create a thrilling and foreboding mood, somewhat like the mood set in an actual thriller movie.
  • Falling Action
  • "You hear the door slam and realize there's nowhere left to run"(Jackson 19-20). The character has to face some challenges, for example, when the character hears the door slam, he/she is trapped in a room with monsters. Michael Jackson has the tone of thrilling and exciting tone, as if he is trying to scare "you".
  • Resolution
  • "Night creatures call and the dead start to walk in their masquerade"(Jackson 32-33) The character has to face the final challenge, the "Night Creatures" and the "Dead". Michael Jackson sings this song in an casual American accent while still pronouncing every word clearly.
  • Cliffhanger
  • "They're out to get you, there's demons closing in on every side"(Jackson 37). As from Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey, our character is on the falling action, he/she has to escape the "Special World" or the world with the monsters, back to the "Ordinary World", or the regular world we live in now.
  • "All through the night I'll save you from the terror on the screen"(Jackson 40-41). Most thriller movies at the time when this song was written often featured a female protagonist with a male hero who saves her. In his, Michael is the male hero while we are the female protagonist, he saves the female protagonist by warding off the beasts and monsters.
  • "AHAHAHAHAHAH"(Jackson 79). The ominous laugh at the end of the song leaves a cliffhanger, hinting that there may be a sequel to the thriller. Often times, thrillers will show something odd and scary to create a cliffhanger, such as in the thriller music video, it showed that Michael Jackson looking back at the camera, with yellow eyes and an evil grin.
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