How To Read Literature Like A Professor

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Back in 2nd grade most of my generation thought of vampires to be scary creatures that lived in the dark and sucked blood of any human they could to stay young. Fast forward to 2010 and you get over a million teenage girls screaming the name Edward during nonsense vampire movies. The way we view vampires has changed drastically over time. Thomas Foster states that these blood sucking demons such as Dracula are evil and that evil has everything to do with sex. (Foster 16) Although in many cases evil does have to do with sex such as rape, I don’t believe it has everything to do with sex. During the Victorian era when all of these vampire stories were emerging in literature, Foster writes that since they couldn’t directly write about sex and sexuality, they found ways of transforming those taboo subjects and issues into other forms. (Foster 17) This may be true however he goes on to say that even today people write about vampires, ghosts, and werewolves to symbolize something that will imply something sexual. Since I was an avid reader of Twilight, I will have to defend my beloved novel and say it wasn’t all just about sex. There was evil in it but it wasn’t about some creepy old guy that wanted to take a young girl’s virginity. “Ghosts and vampires are never only about ghosts and vampires.” In a Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge is helped to see the error of his ways by the ghost of his former colleague Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come. The story is definitely not about evil or sex. So in the end, Thomas Foster’s statement that vampires and ghosts are all evil and have to do with sex is completely false in the way that not all stories about ghosts have to do with symbolizing something like sex. They can simply be just about vampires and ghosts. Foster, Thomas. "How to Read Literature Like a Professor."

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