Vampires

During the early times, the vampire was characterized as a creature with
no human feelings. It was characterized as a creature that had an
uncontrollable blood – thirst. It could attack humans for the sake of
nourishing itself with blood. Besides, it could not live without blood
since it depended on blood for survival without consuming other foods.
However, with years, the vampire developed human feelings and started to
be characterized as being romantic to humans. The desire grew more and
more and vampires began to be compared with humans in terms of their
actions (Statesboro 1). In fact, todays vampires live together with
humans since they have developed the character of being compassionate.
From being a human hunter, today the vampire is a human protector. This
shows the level of advancement in character of vampires. It is even
possible to live with vampires and fail to notice whether they are
vampires since their character has become transformed as time elapses
(Statesboro 1). The manner, in which, the different films portray
vampires is different form some portray them as being ruthless to
humans, while others portray them as being friendly. This is an
indication that the vampires are losing their monstrosity and can now be
portrayed as normal beings. In this assignment, a comparison and
contrast of the characteristics of vampires as depicted in the Dracula
and the Vampire Diaries will be discussed in order to show that vampires
are losing their monstrosity and are now portrayed as normal human
beings.
The vampires have been given fearful appearances, which tend to cause
fear to the humans. For instance, in the Dracula, different
characteristics of vampires that cause fear have been portrayed some of
these characteristics include vampires are living dead because they do
not breathe and have no heartbeat, yet they walk, think and talk like
humans. They are immortal, but they have to sustain themselves through
drinking the blood of the living. In order to become a vampire, an
individual’s body must be drained first of the blood and fed with some
of the blood of the attacking vampire (Stoker 92). Vampires are
nocturnal implying that they are weak during the day. Vampires are
usually repulsed by Christian symbols like crosses they have magical
powers and can command night creatures such as wolves and bats, and can
hypnotize living creatures. Vampires have the capacity to shift shape
and appear in different forms. Vampires have pale white skin, fangs to
bite victims and long finger nails. Through imagining these
characteristics, it is difficult for a person to desire living close to
a vampire.
In the Dracula, vampires are depicted to have a characteristic of a
non-living being. This indicates that the vampires are already dead and
therefore, do not require most usual things required for supporting
human life such as oxygen (Dracula film). This characteristic portrays
vampires as being totally different from humans and hence, are not
capable of doing some usual things that a human being can do for
example, having relationships with other human beings that is under the
guidance of compassion. Besides, through this characteristic, the
vampires are portrayed to have an exceedingly horrifying appearance
since it is remarkably difficult for a normal human being to encounter a
dead human and not afford to fear the encounter. However, this is
different in the Vampire Diaries since the vampires are portrayed to
have a living characteristic rather than a dead one. Through portraying
vampires as humans that are living, the Vampire Diaries portrays
vampires to have the ability to associate with other humans because they
seem to possess the traits of humans such as breathing in oxygen and
carrying out usual roles that humans perform. This portrays the change
of the appearance of vampires from the traditional perspective to the
modern perspective.
The vampires are portrayed to survive by the use of blood alone in the
Dracula since they are not deemed to eat any other food except blood
alone. However, this characteristic of feasting on blood alone is not
manifested in the Vampire Diaries. In the Vampire Diaries, vampires are
portrayed to use blood and food rather than using blood alone (The
Vampire Diaries film). Although using other food items is considered
useless for the survival of the vampires, they are portrayed to consume
food and feast on the blood in the Vampire Diaries. The characteristic
of eating food shows that the vampires have the characteristic of normal
humans, which is an indication that they have changed their monstrosity
appearance. This point of view is indicated by the capacity of the
vampires to eat food like other humans, which implies that the vampires
can live together with the normal humans.
In the Dracula, vampires are usually depicted to have the characteristic
of blood-thirst, which they are not capable of controlling (Dracula
film). This implies that once they encounter human or animal blood, they
are not capable of controlling their urge and therefore, must feast on
the blood of the human or the animal. Such a characteristic makes it
difficult for vampires to live in a common setting with humans because
they will always crave for human blood. However, this is a traditional
characteristic of vampires, which the modern vampires do not possess. In
the Vampire Diaries, which is a representation of modern vampires, the
vampires are portrayed have the characteristic of controlling the urge
of feasting on blood. This means that the vampires are capable of living
together with humans and not feast on blood. This characteristic implies
that instead of having the perception that vampires will have to drink
human blood in order to survive, and cannot control their thirst for
blood, vampires need to be perceived as creatures that have human
understanding and must not take human blood in order to quench their
thirst for blood.
The Dracula portrays vampires as creatures that are not capable of
living together with humans because, in the film, the vampires are
portrayed to live in environments that normal human beings cannot live
in for example, in deserted places and places where the dead are found.
This shows that they do not have the capacity to live with people since
they can only live with the dead. On the other hand, the Vampire Diaries
portray vampires as having the capacity to live together with humans
(Smith 87). Through living with humans, the vampires are portrayed to
have the capacity to build relationships with other humans and interact
accordingly.
Besides, sexual attraction is a characteristic associated with the
vampires in the Dracula and the Vampire Diaries. This characteristic is
extreme in both however, in the Dracula, the vampires are portrayed to
have an uncontrolled desire to sexual attraction. This is a trait that
vampires in the Vampire Diaries have the capacity to control. The
control of sexual attraction by the vampires is an indication that
modern vampires are capable of controlling their sexual urges just like
humans. On the other hand, in the Vampire Diaries, vampires are
portrayed to have the ability to take care of human beings. However,
this is different with the vampires in the Dracula because the vampires
are portrayed to consider protecting or taking care of humans as
difficult (The Vampire Diaries film). Because of the ability of vampires
to take care of human beings, the characteristic of vampires being seen
as monsters have been eliminated and are now being regarded as human
beings.
In the Dracula, it is difficult for vampires to engage in a group of
normal individuals and participate in normal activities that humans can
engage in such as partying together and leading a common life together.
This is because of the inhumane characteristic that is associated with
the vampires in the Dracula. However, this is not the case in the
Vampire Diaries. In the Vampire Diaries, the vampires have the ability
to engage in different activities that humans engage in without any
problem, despite interacting with the normal human beings. The capacity
of engaging in activities, where humans are, is a vital element in
eliminating the likelihood of vampires engaging in blood feasting. This
because once the vampires engage in groups with the normal human beings,
they are capable of repressing their urge for feasting on blood. The
participation of vampires in different activities that human do without
feasting on human blood portrays the vampires as normal beings.
In addition, the way of attacking their prey is considered to be
different in the Vampire Diaries and the Dracula. In the Dracula, the
vampires are characterized by the capacity to attack humans during the
night (Dracula film), which is an indication that the vampires were
acting not as humans, but as animals. This emanates from the reasoning
that most normal human beings work during the day and sleep during the
night. The attack is a monstrosity in nature because the vampires did
not seem to care about whom they are attacking whether someone they
know or a stranger. What matters in the Dracula is the ability of the
vampire to quench the thirst of blood. However, the mode of attacking
their prey is different in the Vampire Diaries because the vampires do
not need to attack their prey in a cruel manner. According to their mode
of attacking, they attack individuals that they do not have a
relationship with or those that they do not care about (The Vampire
Diaries film). For instance, it is exceedingly difficult for the
vampires to attack and kill close friends and relatives. This indicates
a change in the manner, in which, the modern vampires tend to attack
their prey. In most modern cases, modern vampires do not kill their
target this is an indication of humanistic consideration. Hence, the
vampires are now usually filled with compassion before acting.
Furthermore, in the Vampire Diaries, modern vampires are characterized
by the capacity to influence and hinder other vampires from attacking.
Instead of combining forces in attacking a certain human in order to
obtain blood, the vampires help fellow vampires in controlling their
urge (The Vampire Diaries film). This is not the case in the Dracula as
the vampires tend to act without any controlling force. This indicates
that the modern vampires are changing their monstrosity and are now
portrayed as normal beings.
Conclusion
The characteristics that were formerly given to vampires are now
changing and vampires are now changing their monstrosity making them
become portrayed as normal human beings. In the Dracula, vampires are
usually depicted to have the characteristic of blood-thirst, which they
are not capable of controlling. However, this is a traditional
characteristic of vampires, which the modern vampires do not possess. In
the Vampire Diaries, which is a representation of modern vampires, the
vampires are portrayed to have the characteristic of controlling the
urge of feasting on blood. The vampires are capable of interacting with
human beings and providing care for them (Senf 53). This relationship
between the vampires and normal humans has led to the portraying of
vampires as having the characteristics of a normal being. In the
Dracula, it is difficult for vampires to engage in a group of normal
individuals and participate in normal activities that humans can engage
in such as partying together and leading a common life together.
However, this is not the case in the Vampire Diaries. In the Vampire
Diaries, the vampires have the ability to engage in different activities
that humans engage in without any problem, despite interacting with the
normal human beings. The Dracula portrays vampires as creatures that are
not capable of living together with humans because, in the film, the
vampires are portrayed to live in environments that normal human
resides. On the other hand, the Vampire Diaries portray vampires as
having the capacity to live together with humans.
Works Cited
Stoker, Bram. Dracula. New York: Prentice Hall, 2011. Print.
Statesboro, G. Andrew. Dracula Vs. The Modern Vampire, 2012. Print.
Dracula. Browning, Tod. Universal Pictures, 1931. Film.
The Vampire Diaries. Williamson and Plec, Julie. The CW Network, 2009.
Film.
Smith, L J. Moonsong. London: Hodder Children`s, 2012. Print.
Senf, Carol A. The Vampire in Nineteenth-Century English Literature.
Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 2008.
Print.
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