Thursday, April 30, 2015

Werewolves vs. Humans

In the popular television series “The Vampire Diaries” werewolves live amongst the humans totally undetected. Once a month they undergo a painful and dangerous transition from their human form to their werewolf form. The few people that are aware of these humans who transition into werewolves consider them superior to themselves because they are faster and stronger than people. Because the werewolves interact seamlessly and blend in with society while in their human form most people are unaware of who they really are and do not see them as dominate or superior. The boundary between humans and animals in “The Vampire Diaries” is a very thin line due to the ability of the werewolves to conceal their true identities and transform from human to animal. Werewolves are represented as superior to humans in “The Vampire Diaries”, while in “Bisclavret” humans fear all werewolves except Bisclavret.

            In “Bisclavret” the werewolf is described as “a ferocious beast which, when possessed by this madness, devours men, causes great damage and dwells in vast forests”. Although werewolves are typically feared, Bisclavret is thought of as a loyal friend to the King and everyone else. Because of the respect Bisclavret shows to the King he is considered safe and was allowed around people and in the King’s home. In “The Vampire Diaries” the wolves are friends with the people who know their true identity, but are feared by others. In “Bisclavret” the humans are aware of Bisclavret but they trust him enough to feel safe in his presence, while the werewolves who are unknown remain a fear for people. Although Bisclavret is trusted by the King he is still considered an animal, and therefore inferior to humans. The werewolves in “The Vampire Diaries” are seen as superior to humans by all people who know their true identity.

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