Symbolism of Vampires

In: English and Literature

Submitted By cfranco09
Words 1007
Pages 5
The Symbolism of Vampires Why are so many vampires popping up in movies, books, magazines, and in TV these days? And what do they really symbolize and represent? There are many perspectives of what vampires symbolize, but in modern society vampires are a symbol of a contemporary popular lifestyle. However, during the middle ages, vampires were seen as a real threat to humankind. Vampires can symbolize and represent many kinds of definitions, but according to Atara Stein’s article “Immortals and Vampires and Ghost, Oh My!: Byronic Heroes in Popular Culture” vampires are considered to lack social skills and the inability to connect with other people. A vampire is also considered to be a loner, an outcast, arrogant, bad-tempered, cold, ruthless, overbearing, and most importantly emotionless. On the other hand, in the article “Why Vampires?” by Sonia Levitin Edward, another vampire, is seen as handsome, strong, brave, determined, and passionate. While reading the articles “Immortals and Vampires and Ghost, Oh My!: Byronic Heroes in Popular Culture” and “Why Vampires?” many different definitions can be associated with aspects of the articles. Throughout the articles, one can see many definitions, actions, and emotions being displayed, which can relate to a variety of examples in the article. Although, vampires may be seen as arrogant and bad-tempered or strong and brave vampires go more in depth than just a simple myth. Overall, three definitions that symbolize and represent vampires are power, rebellion, and desire. Vampires symbolize and represent power because vampires have the ability to get what they want. Most of the vampires in all types of movies, books or TV series live in this huge castle and always have money. So why is this? The castle and the money symbolize the power that they have, therefore, having the capacity to control humankind. Vampires look down…...

Similar Documents

Vampire

...Devoti “Lori Devoti provides yet another action-packed mythological tale.” —RT Book Reviews on Wild Hunt Linda Winstead Jones “Raintree: Haunted, by Linda Winstead Jones, is nonstop action from start to finish.” —RT Book Reviews Lisa Childs “In Childs’s gripping tale…there are some surprising twists.” —RT Book Reviews Bonnie Vanak “Bonnie Vanak’s Enemy Lover offers nonstop excitement and great sexual tension.” —RT Book Reviews CHRISTMAS WITH A VAMPIRE Merline Lovelace Lori Devoti Linda Winstead Jones Lisa Childs Bonnie Vanak CONTENTS A CHRISTMAS KISS Merline Lovelace ABOUT THE AUTHOR CHAPTER ONE CHAPTER TWO CHAPTER THREE CHAPTER FOUR CHAPTER FIVE CHAPTER SIX CHAPTER SEVEN THE VAMPIRE WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS Lori Devoti ABOUT THE AUTHOR CHAPTER ONE CHAPTER TWO CHAPTER THREE CHAPTER FOUR CHAPTER FIVE CHAPTER SIX CHAPTER SEVEN CHAPTER EIGHT CHAPTER NINE CHAPTER TEN CHAPTER ELEVEN SUNDOWN Linda Winstead Jones ABOUT THE AUTHOR CHAPTER ONE CHAPTER TWO CHAPTER THREE CHAPTER FOUR CHAPTER FIVE EPILOGUE NOTHING SAYS CHRISTMAS LIKE A VAMPIRE Lisa Childs ABOUT THE AUTHOR CHAPTER ONE CHAPTER TWO CHAPTER THREE CHAPTER FOUR CHAPTER FIVE CHAPTER SIX CHAPTER SEVEN CHAPTER EIGHT CHAPTER NINE UNWRAPPED Bonnie Vanak ABOUT THE AUTHOR CHAPTER ONE CHAPTER TWO CHAPTER THREE CHAPTER FOUR CHAPTER FIVE CHAPTER SIX CHAPTER SEVEN CHAPTER EIGHT CHAPTER NINE CHAPTER TEN CHAPTER ELEVEN A CHRISTMAS KISS Merline Lovelace ABOUT THE AUTHOR As an air force officer, Merline Lovelace served at......

Words: 112350 - Pages: 450

Symbolism

...Symbolism in Literature In literature, symbolism is used to provide meaning to the writing beyond what is actually being described. The plot and action that take place in a story can be thought of as one level, while the symbolism of certain things in the writing acts on another level to enhance the story. It is a product of the culture of the day and reveals the culture in return. Symbolism can take place by having the theme of a story represented on a physical level. A simple example might be the occurrence of a storm at a critical point, when there are conflicts or high emotions. The storm might symbolize these. Similarly a transition from day to night, or spring to winter, could symbolize a move from goodness to evil, or hope to despair. A river in a scene could represent the flow of life, from birth to death. Flowers can symbolize youth or beauty. Take The Loons as an example, it is just a typical novel with symbolism from beginning till the end, with “the loons” throughout as a symbol of Piquette. Through the parallel of loons and Piquette, it is easy to find their common inability to change themselves and their environment——loons are unable to adapt to modern human invasion; Piquette is unable to escape the cultural stereotypes imposed on her. The novel reflects the ecological and ethical crises between man and nature and among humans for conquest and criticizes the power ideology embodied in the crises. Vanessa casually describes Piquette’s......

Words: 3198 - Pages: 13

Vampire Presentation

...I'm going to talk about Vampire [ˈvæmˌpaɪə]. There are six part of this presentation, which are What's the vampire, The history of Vampires, The vampire's features and fears, Vampire's propagation [ˌprɔpəˈgeɪʃən], The reality of Vampires and Vampires on the movies. So, to begin with, let's look at what's the vampire. Vampires are mythological or folkloric[ˈfəukˌlɔ:rik] creatures who subsist[səbˈsɪst] by feeding on the life essence [ˈesns] of living creatures, regardless of whether they are undead or a living person. In other words, vampires are the creatures that feed on with blood. The first vampire is named Cain[kein], he is one of tow sons of Adam [ˈædəm] and Eva [ˈi:və] ,but he killed his brother Abe [eib] and refused to amend [əˈmend]. So he was punished to become vampire by god. Cain created the second generation of vampires which have 13 laters as the third generation. The 13 members founders their own clans and held strong powers. thousands of years later, the vampires have increased to 15th-16th generation. Next, I'd like to look at the history of vampires. It can date back to the early nineteenth century when vampires were recorded in the folkloric tales. And then in 1891 year, The fascinating ˈ[fæsineitiŋ] and sophisticated [səˈfistikeitid] vampire of modern fiction was born with the publication of The Vampire by John Polidori. In 1897, Bram Stoker[ˈstəʊkə] wrote a novel named Dracula. It is remembered as the typical vampire novel and provided the......

Words: 568 - Pages: 3

Vampire

...Mystery….VAMPIRES What is a vampire? Vampires are mythological or folkloric beings who subsist by feeding on the life essence (generally in the form of blood) of living creatures, regardless of whether they are undead or a living person/being. In other words, vampires are the creatures that feed on with blood. What are the features of a vampire? Firstly, vampire have Pale skin, red eyes and long and sharp canines. According to the early history and myth about vampire is that they cannot see themselves through the mirrors. Besides, they also sleep in coffins. Do they have any weakness? Some of the weaknesses vampires have are garlics, stakes to the heart, crosses, holy water and sunlight. Recent News about Vampires 1. In June of 2012, archaeologists in Bulgaria have found two medieval skeletons pierced through the chest with iron rods to supposedly stop them from turning into vampires. The discovery illustrates a pagan practice common in some villages up until century ago, say historians. People deemed bad had their hearts stabbed after death, for fear they would return to feast on humans' blood. Similar archaeological sites have also been unearthed in other Balkan countries. Bulgaria is home to around 100 known "vampire skeleton" burials. Searchers stumbled across the latest two specimens, dating back to the Middle Ages, in the Black Sea town of Sozopol. "These skeletons stabbed with rods illustrate a practice which was common in some Bulgarian villages......

Words: 325 - Pages: 2

Symbolism

...Symbolism of the Journey in "The Road Not Taken" and "A Worn Path" ENG125: Introduction to Literature Instructor: Deborah Cunningham Amber Huntley April 9, 2013 Symbolism of the Journey in "The Road Not Taken" and "A Worn Path" When reading a short story or a poem it is not possible to comprehend the author’s true meaning of his or her written word without using symbolism to bring the literary work to life. Oftentimes the symbolism can be interpreted differently by each individual. We do know that the symbolism of literary works are created in the imagination of the writer to show certain events or interrelated facets of the literary work. Moreover, the joy of reading is so that the reader can interpret what these symbols mean to them and begin the wonderful journey into the world of literature. As we read, we begin to unravel and decode the symbolic nature of the characters journey throughout the written word. Also; the journey is not only in the reading of the literary work but, in deciphering the symbolism to find its true meaning as it relates to you, the reader of the short story or poem. Therefore, we can see from Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken,” and Eudora Welty’s short story, “A Worn Path” that the symbolism a writer uses is the journey to discovering the path of the literary work itself. The best example of this symbolic journey is Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken.”. In this poem we read about a man...

Words: 1792 - Pages: 8

Symbolism

...Symbolism The period of romanticism is the period after the Enlightenment era and it deals with many concepts and such as symbolism, individualism, myths and emotion. The literature of this period was not just concentrated on the theory of romantics with the thought of love being the center of romanticism even though some of the works may be about love and affection, plenty of works like those assigned deal with different types of romanticism. Williams Wordsworth shows romanticism with his different uses of symbols in his writings and the same can be seen with works done by Leo Tolstoy. The lines that are taken out of the Tintern Abbey, he speaks about the light and darkness and describes them in certain ways. The “joyless daylight” (Wordsworth, 436) represents the truth and the light helps an individual see the truth. Sometimes the truth may not be what the individual wants to see and the darkness that he mentions represents hiding the truth from people and whoever the individual may be making them feel better. The symbolism he uses shows a grim type of romanticism that the period brings into sight. The next piece of literature would be the works from Leo Tolstoy. Like William Wordsworth, it shows a grim type of symbolism in the piece of The Death of Ivan Ilyich. The story gives symbolism that can be analyzed with the five stages of death developed by Elisabeth Kubler Ross. The different stages can be seen throughout the story showing symbols of him going through the...

Words: 509 - Pages: 3

A Vampire

...all the time. Normally, I hated parties, but I had to attend this one. All my friends were going and I needed a break from my sister and her endless rambling on about Vampires being real. Yes, my sister believed that vampires existed and every time I visited her, she kept making me watch Vampire diaries to make theories. I needed to have a night out with my friends. Immediately I spotted my friends in the crowded club, I joined them. We danced and drank the night away. The club became even busier as the night progressed; the club was full of numerous heavily intoxicated teenagers. Not that having random people grinding on me wasn’t fun, partying wasn’t my thing. After a few minutes, I felt like I was being watched. That was when I noticed an extremely attractive male making his way in my direction. A shy smile took over my face and played with my beaded necklace. The cute male stopped his tracks; his vision darted to a spot over my shoulder. I should have known he wasn’t looking at me, I thought as I rolled my eyes at myself. Out of curiosity I spun around to see which girl he was looking at and to my surprise, I saw no one. That was strange. I decided that it was time for me to go home. “Hey, I found you. I’m going home.” I said as I gave them hugs. “Don’t run into a Vampire.” Kelsey said. “Ha-ha, very funny.” I replied sarcastically and proceeded to walk out of the crowed club. It was already dark and I hated the dark so I hastily elbowed......

Words: 1776 - Pages: 8

Symbolism

...By the Bog of Symbolism By the Bog of Cats is a play that takes place in present day Ireland. Filled with suspense and tragedy, it tells a story of a woman by the name of Hester Swane, who copes with the separation of her and her husband. Throughout the play there were significant parallels between the setting and the plot. The landscape created by the author, Marina Carr, helps shape the characters and its outcomes of the play. She uses history and tradition of the Bog, use of time of day, the dead black swan and its color contrast, as well as the caravan; in order to create and set a presence. By the Bog of Cats, by Marina Carr takes place on a terrain of land known as the Bog. Bogs are one of the most distinctive pieces of wet lands. "its spongy ground consist mainly of partially decayed plant matter called peat. They are found in cooler climates that have poorly drained lakes and lake brazens" ("Ireland's Peat Bogs."). Bogs, also referred to as blanket bogs are deeply interwoven into Irish history, and have been useful in many ways. The peat found on bogs, were widely used to heat homes. They were also used for water storage. Because of the lack of drainage within bogs, rain water would be stored there, which prevents flooding. The bog also holds history; literally. Due to its denseness and many layers of turf, bogs are an excellent habitat for preserving things. A prime example of this would be a recent discovery made in 2011. The body of a man was found who is......

Words: 1604 - Pages: 7

Vampire History

...Vampires are mythological or folkloric beings who subsist by feeding on the life essence (generally in the form of blood) of living creatures, regardless of whether they are undead or a living person.[1][2][3][4][5][6] Although vampiric entities have been recorded in many cultures, and in spite of speculation by literary historian Brian Frost that the "belief in vampires and bloodsucking demons is as old as man himself", and may go back to "prehistoric times",[7] the term vampire was not popularized until the early 18th century, after an influx of vampire superstition into Western Europe from areas where vampire legends were frequent, such as the Balkans and Eastern Europe,[8] although local variants were also known by different names, such as vrykolakas in Greece and strigoi in Romania. This increased level of vampire superstition in Europe led to mass hysteria and in some cases resulted in corpses actually being staked and people being accused of vampirism. While even folkloric vampires of the Balkans and Eastern Europe had a wide range of appearance ranging from nearly human to bloated rotting corpses, it was the success of John Polidori's 1819 novella The Vampyre that established the archetype of charismatic and sophisticated vampire; it is arguably the most influential vampire work of the early 19th century,[9] inspiring such works as Varney the Vampire and eventually Dracula.[10] However, it is Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula that is remembered as the quintessential......

Words: 337 - Pages: 2

The Evolution of the Vampire

...Today’s modern day vampire is considered one of the most notorious and iconic figures all over the world. With the steady stream of vampire novels, films, and television shows being produced, it is fair to say that the vampire has become the dark horse of literature, every enthusiasts dream. Yet this wasn’t always the case, because vampires were once considered the stuff of nightmares. Every culture has stories of these once terrifying ‘bloodsucking demons’ that, according to literary historian Brian Frost, “may go back to prehistoric times”. However, many of the myths surrounding such creatures emerged mainly during the 18th century particularly arising in Eastern Europe in areas such as Serbia, Roma, and Slovakia. The major paradigm shift from the early 19th century to the early 21st century is a complete change in attitude and definition of a vampire from a terrifying creature of the night to a romantic and beautiful almost-human, resulting from a change in religious and societal beliefs. These myths sparked a mass hysteria throughout most the 18th century, with frequent reported sightings of alleged vampires. Most famous of which was the case of Serbian peasant Arnold Paole who is believed to be the first man accused of being a vampire (Marx). It was supposed he had killed 17 people from his village during the night, later returning to his coffin. Government officials who ordered his coffin to be opened believed at the time the body (which looked perfectly fine apart......

Words: 2737 - Pages: 11

Vampires and Warewolves

...Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan in "Vampires Never Die" and James Parker in "Our Zombies, Ourselves," all explain how Vampires and Zombies have taken root and made themselves at home in our culture. While popular culture may not effect academic study directly, it is an escape for students, and teachers, which may help them indirectly. After a long day of school then of studying at home, one’s mind may become worn out and tired, therefore it is impossible to think straight and answer questions correctly. The mind need breaks in order to operate properly and popular culture provides this. There are several things one can gather from popular culture about human nature and society; the stories did a great job in showing this, especially “Why Vampires Never Die”. The fact that humans created myths, legends, fantasy creatures, etc. can say quite a bit. They came from people’s imagination, which will, subconsciously, have fragments of themselves within these creations. Toro and Hogan say “Monsters, like angels, are invoked by our individual and collective needs” and “In other words, whereas other monsters emphasize what is mortal in us, the vampire emphasizes the eternal in us”, meaning fantasy came from our desire for excitement, action, adventure, and anything different. People want to live in a fantasy, and they do not even mind the side effects of monster; in fact, the side effects and risks may add to the intrigue; much like how people constantly ride roller coasters and...

Words: 483 - Pages: 2

Vampire Story

...when I was watching tv, A vampire movie actually. My brother was sitting next to me so he was so scared and he asked me what happens when a vampire makes a women fall in love with him, I told him I think that he might turn her into his slave, when I said that he got so scared that that might happen to our mother so he went crying and screaming I am not surprised actually he is 6 years old, my Sister she is 17 years old she spent the whole day talking on the phone doesn’t do any homework so the school called my mother. We where all grounded for what we did. The problem was that we had plans we where going out I was going to the concert and she was going out to have a sleepover with her friends so we had to do something to make sure that mum isn’t at home so we can go, She asked us why are we so sad I told her that we want to go buy stuff from the super market that was the plan to find a guy that can go out with her, we kept looking but we didn’t find anyone so she asked us if we were finished my sister said no we have to get icecream so when we rushed her and she accidentally hit a guy with the shopping bike or whatever they kept talking like half an hour then he finally asked her out and she said one night wouldn’t hurt, So we all were going out from the super market and Michale the guy that my mom is going out with left my brother was chasing his toy and he saw Michale changing into a bat, He also heard a man saying I am the vampire hunter the vampire is in the supermarket......

Words: 1439 - Pages: 6

Symbolism

...The Scarlet Letter: Symbolism For symbolism we used this illustration as a way to show the connection between all the symbols and their relation to sin. The path of sin starts at the prison door. The break in the door shows that a person cannot run from their past and sins, they will come out eventually. Notice how the river expands to include more and more symbols. We chose that to show how the longer these confessions are repressed the larger and more difficult to deal with they become. The symbol closest to the prison door is the rose. The rose is a direct parallel to Pearl as they both serve as a stark contrast to the surrounding environment. The rose bush’s main function was to symbolize a moral blossom in the story as it shows that justice will eventually prevail. The rose bush also reflects the moral values in proportion to the nature. Because within the bonds of the nature everything acts in a way than what it is really like and what it should do by its nature without resisting to its essential needs. But civilized man especially puritans rejected the mostly part of human needs like enjoys and spices of the life especially sexuality. But to deny means nothing because you can change nothing by denying it or covering the truth. So the roses symbolized normally passions and desires thus we can deduce that here it symbolizes how the freedom of the human nature is imprisoned by the conventional wisdom. Under this circumstance the nature will resist to the later......

Words: 1212 - Pages: 5

Vampire Evolution

...The Diversity of the Mythological Creature Vampire Through Time and History It’s been a hundred years since Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and the vampire and its tales have swept the world in a whirlwind craze. Since, there has always been a fascination with the mystery of a vampire. Someone wearing plastic fangs, a cape, and black evening clothes will instantly remind you of the mythological creature. The much feared creature is and was portrayed in a number of ways. In the early days when they were just folklore, vampires were blood sucking predators and feared pale stalkers. In Vampire God: the Allure of the Dead in the Western Culture (2009), discussing the popularity of vampires in society, Mary Y. Hallab says that the folklore vampire is constantly compared to the other supernatural beings like witches and werewolf’s, and today’s concept is also a confused being, a zombie? A lover? Hallab states that “vampires are only those figures—folkloric, mythical, or literary—who are dead humans who are still capable of behaving as though they are alive.” Today, vampires have become a culture of their own, and are a huge part of mainstream pop culture. The Twilight Cullen’s and Sesame Street’s Count Dracula have a whole new appeal on adults and children. The appeal is not always good. According to Vampire Gothic, which is about vampire gothic cultures in United States, Teresa A. Goddu discusses a teenage vampire clan that was discovered in Murray, Kentucky, that was......

Words: 3787 - Pages: 16

Vampire

...Kelsey Ehleiter Vampire History Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about the history of vampires, how they’ve progressed, and the truth behind the myths. Introduction: Everybody seems to have been bit by the latest craze of vampire fever. Get it? Bit!? Movies and television shows have been coming out left and right within the past couple of years about these blood sucking monsters, but what is the story behind it all? How was the thought of an immortal blood drinking being originated? It all started long ago… Body VLAD THE IMPALER! 1. Born to Vlad Dracul (dragon) in late 1431 2. Vlad Dracul head of the order of the dragon, high honor, called himself Dracula 3. Throne threatened- father and older brother died, devoted to revenge. 4. 1469 he regained the throne- the blood bath begins 5. Kept slaves to build castle, tortured and punished. 6. held social status and power very high – rid his kingdom of poor/homeless/handicap by burning 7. Rumors: ate flesh, drank blood. Held dinner parties next to impaled Bram Stoker 1. 1897 Bram Stoker wrote Dracula 2. general plot summary of Dracula 3. Derived from Vlad Dracula / Carmilla (Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, 1872) 4. Dracula the movie (1931) 5. Pale complexion, fangs, blood thirsty, soulless, etc… Modern Day Vampires 1. Vampire rules vary from show to show and movie to movie 2. Often associated with special powers. 3. Werewolf enemies 4. Often keep the...

Words: 330 - Pages: 2