Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Horror Genre Essay

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Horror Genre Typically the Horror or more specifically Vampire genre will have the theme good vs. evil where the hero represents good and the villain represents evil. This is consistent in Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Buffy is the hero and the evil vampires she slays (in this episode Glory/Ben) represent evil. There is also a cliché within this genre where good is always triumphant over evil. Buffy in this episode conforms to this cliché but with a twist; which is also typical of the Genre, good triumphs over evil in the end but not without a sacrifice. Although Buffy contains many of the conventions that are typical of the horror genre it also contains many…show more content…
There is something unusual about the villain in this episode of Buffy in so much as she has taken on the body of an innocent teenage boy called Ben meaning Buffy faces a moral dilemma (moral dilemmas are typical of this genre) when trying to eradicate Glory's threat. Buffy decides she cannot take a human life (Ben) even if it ensures the safety of the world proving her to be a hero that holds a strong grip on her morals. However, another group member ; Giles who from his appearance looks clever takes a different course of action to the problem; he decides the only way is to kill Glory/Ben and with this he slowly suffocates the severely injured Ben . This provides the audience with a tear jerking moment. Typical stock characters of a horror film include Vampires, Goblins, Zombies and innocent Victims. In this episode of Buffy we see only one of these stock characters: Goblins. The Goblins are typically ugly looking creatures who have hunchbacks and green skin as in this episode of Buffy. They are loyal to their mistress and help her to fight Buffy and her friends. Stereotypically the horror genre will contain a twist at the end. Buffy conforms to this in her tragic death, she saves Dawn but not without a sacrifice. As Buffy slowly realises
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