What Does It Mean To Be A Vampire?

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Interesting question because there are so many different types of vampires that exist in todays world of fiction. Vampires by definition are “a corpse supposed, in European folklore, to leave its grave at night to drink the blood of the living by biting their necks with long pointed canine teeth” as found with a quick Google search. Popular culture has taken great liberties with that definition even going as far as letting (in certain universes) vampires roam outside during the day for long periods of time or able to enjoy human food. This paper will only focus on certain criteria of vampire. The main criteria being that the sun is their enemy and to go out into it will either bring instant death or slow agonizing pain that will eventually end in death.So how does one not get killed by a vampire? …show more content…

Anne Rice writer of such vampire books as Interview with a Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, Queen of the Damned, etc has what I think one the best takes on what it means to be a vampire. “Interview with a Vampire”, for example, is a book that follows the life of a man named Louis and his journey in becoming a vampire. You don’t learn much on how the vampires in this universe came to be, but you do learn what their weaknesses are. The vampires must drink blood to maintain themselves whether it be human or animal and it must be part of a fresh kill. Drinking old blood will kill them if they drink too much of it. Now there is another rule to this that will be addressed below. They cannot go out into the sunlight and if they do it will surely mean the death of them, almost instantly turning them into dust. The sun is really the only true death for these vampires. Beheading can be consider a true death for them but it is not necessarily one and to think that

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