For my essay I want to write about a t.v. series called “The Vampire Diaries”. I want to discuss their ability to turn off their humanity. On the show vampires are able to switch on and off their emotions or humanity whenever they feel like or when their life gets to hard for them. Even though they have this ability,we see that even though their “switch is off” or it’s lights out the characters on the show(who’s switch is off) still demonstrate certain emotions. For example the character Elena has turned off her humanity after her brother died and began killing;however, when she believed her friend was dead she began to cry. Therefore, we see that you can never fully turn of your emotions.
I want to use the concept of humanity switching as a way to cover society’s way of casting out individuals who are perceived as diffferent than the norm, when in reality they are very similar to everyone else. Using the Gothic metaphor of vampires, or the undead and their ability to unsuccessfully turned off their humanity as an example of being the same as everyone else.