Zombies And Its Effects On Society

1718 WordsNov 15, 20167 Pages
Zombies appear to be evolving not only physically, but mentally as well. Due to their adaptations to feelings of sadness, love, and isolation, zombies have been rising in popularity. Their emotional adaptations have extended as far as zombies having romantic relationships, allowing the new genre of film, zombie romance, to peak the horizon and contribute to their prominence throughout history. In addition, the effects of their popularity on society include studies that have shown children obtaining violent and abusive behavior as a result of their exposure to zombies. Critics and cultural writers assert that the physical characteristics of zombies, including their tendency to appear more like humans, change overtime. For example, according to Daniel W. Drezner, “a zombie is defined as a reanimate being occupying a human corpse, with a strong desire to eat human flesh” (Drezner). In addition, other cultural writers such as Todd K. Platts claim that zombies are “corpses raised from the dead and imbued with a ravenous instinct to devour the living” (Platts 1). Although these descriptions reveal that zombies prey on humans and are known to appear like corpses, their feelings of sadness, love, and isolation remain unmentioned. Though I concede the physical traits evolve overtime, I believe critics and cultural writers often overlook the emotional changes in zombies throughout history. Depicted in primary sources such as William B. Seabook’s The Magic Island, Mary Shelley’s
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