Prof. Westengard | O628 | Fall 2022

Blog 3

The vampire that comes up in my head after the year 2000 is Edward from the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. Edward is described in the book as being charming, polite, determined, and very stubborn. He is very protective over Bella (protagonist and love- interest) and puts her safety, humanity and welfare before anything else. He often over-analyzes situations and has a tendency to overreact, especially in situations where Bella’s safety is at risk. In The Vampyre by John Polidori. Lord Ruthven is self-absorbed and seems indifferent to everything around him. People are strongly attracted to him and seek his affection. Ruthven seduces and ruins young, virtuous women and brings them to their downfall. To compare both of these vampires, they are described as handsome. Ruthven is suggested to be a vampire but after what had happened in the book, no doubt he is one. They both have charm and seduce their woman. Belle lives on as a vampire while Aubrey( the other main character)’s sister dies possibly from the hands of Ruthven. Edward loves Belle while Ruthven just brings women around him to their downfall by killing them. Ruthven also preys and torment his prey psychologically. One quote from the vampyre states “Lord Ruthven again before him—circumstances started up in dreadful array—the dagger—his oath.—He roused himself, he could not believe it possible—the dead rise again!—He thought his imagination had conjured up the image his mind was resting upon. It was impossible that it could be real—he determined, therefore, to go again into society….”  after Ianthe’s (Aubrey’s love interest) murder, Aubrey calls out to her and to Ruthven in the hopes that his loved one is alive. In this quote, aubrey, who has seen ruthven brought back from the dead, begins to doubt his own perception of reality and wonders if his imagination is playing tricks on him. It seems that Lord Ruthven was corrupting his mind. Another quote is “Aubrey’s mind, by this shock, was much weakened, and that elasticity of spirit which had once so distinguished him now seemed to have fled for ever. He was now as much a lover of solitude and silence as Lord Ruthven… ” In Aubrey’s case, he falls under Ruthven’s influence ruining his reputation. Previously Aubrey was a lively, social person. Now he loves being alone and in silence just as much as Ruthven does. Ruthven drained Aubrey’s spirit.

1 Comment

  1. Laura Westengard

    Nice comparison, Justice! I agree that Ruthven is reminiscent of Edward from Twilight, with the key difference that Edward seems to have some good qualities to his character while Ruthven is purely evil.

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