I Am Legend Book Analysis

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The novel I Am Legend written by in 1954 is a classic book that merges horror with science fiction. Richard Matheson, an American writer, wrote the book with this book being influential in the development of zombie-inspired genre of fiction. Its scope and area of discussion is simple, where it involves an era when the nuclear war has ended, but a major mutation spreads across the world. It changes every human being living on the surface of the earth except one person: Robert Neville. The rest of the population is turned into vampires and thousands others die in the process. This paper analyses the various aspects of the book such as the dominant themes, plot summary, and contributions in the growth of vampire themed books and fiction stories.
The remaining healthy person: Robert Neville, spends most of his time figuring out if there is a way of reversing the plague while shielding himself every night from hordes of vampires ogling around his house baying for his healthy blood. He was stressed and lonely as spent most of his times around his house.
“ON THOSE CLOUDY DAYS, Robert Neville was never sure
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Mathewson dominates his book with vampires that arose out of the infection from viruses. He further brings the immune nature of vampirism by bringing a character Robert Neville who is immune to the virus thereby twisting the myth that vampirism can only be obtained through biting from an infected vampire only. The vampirism spread even to his family and immediate neighbors Mathewson also brings out the vampires as intelligent unlike the popular myth that most are usually zombies, inhuman and dormant. While hiding in his house, Robert could hear the vampires conversing and discussing about him. “Above the noises, he heard Ben Cortman shout as he always shouted. ‘ Come out, Neville!’ Someday I’ll get that bastard (Mathewson,

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