Analysis Of The Book ' The Vampire ' Essay

2001 Words Apr 29th, 2015 9 Pages
Matheson uses the vampires in his book to prove how Americans are self-centered with regard to being civilized by showing how the vampires are minorities and uncivilized. I am Legend takes place in the 1970’s, which is around the civil rights movement, which means that blacks were being depicted as vampires to represent a minority in light of the Americans view. While Neville is the last human on earth, whom doesn’t see himself as a minority, but sees the vampires as a minority and a threat to his culture and way of living. For example, “Vampires are prejudiced against…But are his needs any more shocking than the needs of other animals and men?” (Matheson 20). Whenever Neville decides to drink heavily, it allows for Matheson’s own personal views on the vampires in this story to come out. In this instance, while Neville sits in his secure house drinking, Matheson uses this to instill how American culture depicts vampires as minorities such as blacks and Indians. Furthermore, Margaret Carter who wrote the book The Vampire in Literature, explains how the vampire is so interesting and how the vampire can be depicted as a race, specific person, or even a culture. She states that “The vampire is a fascinating poetic manifestation of the occult, inextricably woven in strands of mystery, terror, and fantasy” (Carter 17).This quote is important because it shows how writers use vampires to analyze themes in society such as monstrosity, racism, civilization, and gender. Looking back…

Related Documents