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Vampire Literature Essay

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Vampires in Literature

Vampire literature has changed drastically over the centuries. The old vampire is a blood- thirsty, emotionless monster; this is seen, for example, in the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. The new vampire, the sympathetic vampire, is more open-ended. The new vampire does not represent evil or the devil, but what is suppressed in modern society. The supporters of the old vampire want Dracula to be a monster. The supporters of the new vampire on the other hand like it to be a beautiful creature that does not want to hurt people (Kristjansdottir “Vampire in Lit.”). The idea of an undead night stalker that feeds on human blood has been around for centuries and endures to this day. Numerous countries and cultures across the
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Legends of such creatures have been reported for various cultures almost worldwide. Including China, India, Malaya, The Phillipines, Arabia, Turkey, Africa, and Europe. The ancient Greeks and Romans told of succubi, demons in female form who sucked men’s blood while having sexual relations with them in their sleep until they were deprived of their manhood or died.” (Shepherd “Evolution of the Vampire.”) Similar creatures are found in Oriental legends with the added attraction that they fed on corpses as well as blood. It is believed that the universality of the legend of vampires has importance. Although these legendary figures performed acts besides those within the bounds of our definition, like returning from the…show more content…
The vampire literature as a whole has changed genres since its beginning. The new vampire seems to owe its origins to Ann Rice’s “Interview with the Vampire”, whereas the old vampire began with Stoker’s “Dracula.” A few centuries ago, the archetype of the vampire in literature would be Dracula. There were some stories about vampires before Dracula and many right after, but the image and personality of Dracula has become the archetype of the vampire as a monster, and has become what every writer bases the vampire on. The old vampire is drastically different from the one that is hugely popular today, especially considering what the archetype of the vampire is now and what it was 100 years
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