Violence In The Vampire Diaries

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“The Vampire Diaries is a supernatural drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec. The series premiered on The CW on September 10, 2009”(wikipidia). In the show the main character, Elena Gilbert, is torn tremendously between two vampire brothers, Stefan and Damon Salvatore. In the episode I recently watched, Damon (the mean bother out of the two) treats women like animals and not human beings. In the episode Damon “compels” (or in other words, manipulates) a young attractive girl (Caroline, Elena’s best friend) in becoming his girl friend, while at the same time he drinks blood from her. After he is done with her he once again compels her to forget everything and goes on with his day. The show depicts women as objects …show more content…
For example, when Stefan joins the football team Both Tyler and Matt are upset about it. Matt tells Tyler “first my girlfriend and now my team”. Tyler then replies to Matt “dude this is an opportunity, football is a contact sport, sometimes people get hurt”. After five minutes in the field Matt realizes that Stefan is good and tells Tyler “Hate to say it but he got skills” Tyler being upset that Stefan is being so good insists that Stefan needs a “buddy pass” (which is a play that will get Stefan hurt) because “he is not going to walk on the field and act like he owns the place”. After this play, football practice became even more violent then regular. This episode of The Vampire Diaries also promotes males to be masculine by being violent towards others you love. For example, towards the end when Stefan tries to tell Damon that he is not going to hurt Elena “because deep down inside there is a part of you that feels for her. I was worried that you had no humanity left inside you; that you may have actually become the monster that you pretend to be.” This made Damon extremely angry which caused him to drink all the blood from Stefan’s football coach. According to Kimmel in his article “Masculinity as Homophobia”, “the hegemonic definition of manhood is a man in power, a man with power, and a man of power” (Kimmel) meaning that todays social normative of masculine is a man with power and a man of power. This might be why the males in this episode use violence to achieve what they want because if they win in a fight they are the ones with all the

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