The Vampire Phase

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Death can occur in anyone’s life naturally, unexpectedly and unforgivingly. Everyone will go through some type of death, whether it’s someone else’s or their own. There are many TV shows and movies that show death in different interpretations. One of the TV shows is The Vampire Diaries. This TV show is about two vampire brothers who create an epic adventure in the town of Mystic Falls. Unlike other TV shows, the Vampire Diaries shows a type of death in every single episode. One of the main deaths is of the main character, Elena Gilbert. Elena Gilbert is the love connection of both the vampire brothers. Elena death was caused by a car accident on the same bridge her parent’s car accident was on.  Usually on the Vampire Diaries, someone usually dies by an attack of a vampire. Unlike vampire attacks, Elena’s death was one of the few deaths that are very common in today’s society. Although the whole view of death in the show is unrealistic and completely fiction, Elena’s death is the most realistic and shows that death can happen unexpectedly at any time. In the case of Elena’s death, I believe that her death was clear and useful in understanding the causes of actual death in our society.

There are two ways that the Vampire Diaries influence and help us understand death.  One interpretation is that death is inevitable. In every episode, one of the main characters or extra cast dies. Death in the show happens in the most unexpected ways. Although these ways are irrational and fiction, it tells us that it can happen when you least expect it. Our society wishes of natural deaths. Most people in society don’t think about the unexpected causes of death. This TV series shows that unexpected deaths can happen in anyone’s life.

Another interpretation of the series may show society that we are scared of death. Even though there is death in every episode, there is also the creation of a vampire from the same death. Majority of the episodes show that when the characters die, they are bitten and turned into a vampire. In Elena Gilbert’s death, Damon (one of the brothers) gives her his blood so that she can stay alive and become a vampire. It is hard to believe that any person would want to die in society. Our denial of death is clear in the Vampire Diaries. As a society, we wish that our loved ones will stay alive with us always. If we all had the ability to turn people into vampires, our population will most likely increase.

The Vampire Diaries show a unique way of showing how people deal with death and dying. By making people into vampires after death tells us as a society that we are unable to cope well with people’s deaths. It also shows that in society, no one wants to go through the bereavement or pain even though death is inevitable. Overall, I believe that based on this show we are not a “death denying culture”. America is a culture of people who know that death eventually happens but does not want to face the outcome of it. 

 

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One thought on “The Vampire Phase

  1. I love this show! You did a very good job on explaining it, too. I agree with you when you say that The Vampire Diaries only shows the unexpected deaths. There has not been one person on this show die from natural causes, which is the most common in reality. This show does everything they can to prove that death is irreversible on the show. Some of the main characters die and don’t become vampires, but most of them do. Jeremy Gilbert, for example, has a ring to where when he dies, he can come back to life. Jeremy Gilbert eventually dies, but on one of the episodes, the ones that don’t become vampires are brought back for a short time as ghosts. This show does everything they can to show that death is uncertain. This is why I believe the show does portray America as a “death denying” culture because they do everything to throw out the fact that their loved ones are actually dead.

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