The Essentials Of The Vampire Story By Thomas C. Foster Essay

1107 Words Jul 13th, 2015 5 Pages
Throughout his book, Thomas C. Foster makes many statements in his various chapters that leave readers with mixed emotions. Because of this, it is challenging to give a solid single response. On one hand, several chapters present ideas that, when tested against previously read literary works, are thought-provoking and provide a successful framework for accurately analyzing literature. On the other hand, Foster makes some claims that are broad generalizations that don’t always hold up to scrutiny. Following are examples of each side, explaining how his theories work and are very helpful and how some are quite far-fetched. “The essentials of the vampire story, as we discussed earlier: an older figure representing corrupt, outworn values; a young preferable virginal female; a stripping away of her youth, energy, virtue; a continuance of the life force of the old male; the death or destruction of the young woman (Foster 20).” This quote from Foster’s third chapter, entitled “Nice to Eat You: Acts of Vampires” clearly posts his view that all relationships between an older man and a younger female are dangerous for the latter. I, however, have found that this is not always true. For example, it is indeed true in Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. Elphiba, a young girl who discovers she has magical powers, is offered a sort of internship with the infamous Wizard of Oz. Gleefully, she accepts, only to find out when she meets this wizard that he is no wizard…

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