Saturday, September 11, 2010

"The Vampyre" and "Giving Up the Ghost"

"The Vampyre"
While reading “The Vampyre” I picked up on some interesting facts 
that I did not previously know. For instance,that in Greece it 
was considered a punishment to condemn one to becoming a vampire 
and feeding on his loved ones. “In many parts of Greece it is 
considered as a sort of punishment after death, for some heinous 
crime committed whilst in existence, that the deceased is not
only doomed to vampyrise, but compelled to confine his infernal
visitations solely to those beings he loved most while upon 
earth--those to whom he was bound by ties of kindred and 
affection.”  It seems a terrible fate, and it makes me question 
briefly why so many people are infatuated with becoming immortal 
and are obsessed with the vampire. Living forever seems like a 
terrible thing when you have to drink the blood of those that you
 love. Aren’t you more of a monster than a man at that point? Of 
course I also have to question myself because I have also been 
swept up in the mysticism of vampirism. 

The second tale was far more engaging and I found myself 
fascinated with both Aubrey and Lord Ruthven. I also was a bit 
shocked to see that Aubrey turned against Ruthven, that he had 
such strength to do so as Ruthven was such a charismatic and 
engaging character. “Aubrey retired; and, immediately writing a 
note, to say, that from that moment he must decline accompanying
his Lordship in the remainder of their proposed tour, ho ordered 
his servant to seek other apartments, and calling upon tho mother 
of the lady, informed her of all he knew,not only with regard to 
her daughter, but also concerning the character of his Lordship. 
The assignation was prevented. Lord Ruthven next day merely sent 
his servant to notify his complete assent to a separation; but did
not hint any suspicion of his plans having been foiled by Aubrey's

The description in this story, particularly around the characters 
is very detailed. “Under the same roof as himself, existed a being,
so beautiful and delicate, that she might have formed the model 
for a painter, wishing; to pourtray on canvass the promised hope 
of the faithful in Mahomet's paradise, save that her eyes spoke 
too much mind for any one to think she could belong to those who
had no souls. As she danced upon the plain, or tripped along the 
mountain's side, one would have thought the gazelle a poor type of
her beauties; for who would have exchanged her eye, apparently the
eye of animated nature, for that sleepy luxurious look of the 
animal suited but to the taste of an epicure. The light step of 
Ianthe often accompanied Aubrey in his search after antiquities, 
and often would the unconscious girl,engaged in the pursuit of a 
Kashmere butterfly, show the whole beauty of her form, floating as
it were upon the wind, to the eager gaze of him, who forgot the 
letters he had just decyphered upon an almost effaced tablet, in 
the contemplation of her sylph-like figure. Often would her
tresses falling, as she flitted around, exhibit in the sun's ray 
such delicately brilliant and swiftly fading hues, its might well 
excuse the forgetfulness of the antiquary, who let escape from his
mind the very object he had before thought of vital” As an 
audience, we can easily picture in our minds what these characters
look like. 
The ending was a little dramatic, though I thought it was very 
clever to have Lord Ruthven the vampire drain Aubrey in a 
different manner than one might expect. No blood was drawn from 
the man but rather a constant battle raged on in his mind as Lord 
Ruthven’s image plagued him and drained him of life. 
“Giving up the Ghost” was also interesting as it added a little 
more detail to the story “The Vampyre” Although I have to admit at
times I was still a bit confused upon hearing all the names and 
trying to keep them all together. 
Overall, both stories were interesting but I think "The Vampyre" was a little more engaging and it made me think more than "Giving Up the Ghost"

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