I Am Legend By Richard Matheson Essay

2364 Words Dec 12th, 2016 10 Pages
Societies have always had trouble through the idea of difference between people. These differences come from the societal norms that are accepted toward a group of people. It seems it is only natural for human beings to hate one another due to the differences that they have. Race plays a major role on the norms that exist in a society of one culture, many cultures, poor, rich, young, and old, but also creates the clear binary of civilized or uncivilized. Belonging to a group or a culture can either classify them as either civilized or uncivilized. White supremacy which is the belief that white people are superior to those of all other races, especially the black race, and should therefore dominate in society can be seen all throughout history. In his book, “I am Legend”, Richard Matheson depicts a dystopian world in which Robert Neville is the last man on Earth surrounded by vampires. In this gut wrenching novel, Neville struggles to survive, but shows the current acceptable societal norms that his society once held. Matheson creates this world not where humans inhabit it, but instead a world where white supremacy does not exist. The last trace of white supremacy exists through Neville, who seeks to regain it back. These benefits that are granted toward Whites are not given to people of color, creating them as the other such as the vampires. The others are what can represent the vampires, but also the people that are impacted by the unfair treatment of white supremacy, the…

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