Throughout the history of vampires, there has been an increasing change in how the fictional characters physical and emotional attributes are perceived. If someone watches the television show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" they would have a good chance of coming across a different kind of vampire; one with a soul named Angel. This white knight of the Buffy series is the hero who constantly saves the main character with style but hides in a corner brooding and being an overall bummer to be around when not fighting evil bad guys.
This begs the question; why are vampires without souls considered good while vampires WITH souls are considered evil? One answer could be that a vampire having a soul is not natural and, in-fact an inhibitor of the predators natural instinct. This special vampire (Angel) has to live with the constant pain of his past and the choices he made when he did not have a soul. The soul could be considered the conscience a person has as a human that tell one right from wrong. After losing one’s conscience that person will likely not know that what they are doing to other people is bad. And so this person performs several heinous acts then gets their soul forced upon them. When this conscientiousness starts to look back on all of the things that happened when the person did not have a soul, the person starts to live in a constant conviction of themselves.
This show goes on to prove the evolution of culture and stories, as they go on to introduce the infamous Dracula. However, in this depiction of Dracula, there was an untold story about his past with Angel. Angel goes on to talk about how all Dracula's stories are exaggerated, all spells and trickery. Angel even appears to be a bit jealous of the attention Dracula is getting from Buffy.
Angel in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel Edit
The fictional character Angel is one of the first vampires introduced in the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and plays one of the protagonists throughout seasons 1-3, before receiving a spin-off show of his own Angel. Angel is a unique vampire, in the sense that he has a soul and feels more empathy, and does not kill humans for blood. A curse was placed on Angelus, Angel’s alter ego, causing him to become a vampire with a soul. This curse can only be broken when Angel experiences true happiness. Angel is still susceptible to death by wooden stake, must drink blood, and has to avoid
the sun, similar to the classic typecast of a vampire. He is the primary love interest of Buffy throughout his time in the show, however this is considered a forbidden love. Once Angel and Buffy sleep together for the first time, Angel is transformed into his original vampire form Angelus. Angelus embodies the typical vampire in the show, becoming a soulless, blood thirsty creature. Angel is sent to hell by Buffy, but eventually returns once again as a vampire with soul. Angel is no longer a main character on the show after season 3, but receives a spin-off show “Angel” where he moves to Los Angeles to open his own detective agency against supernatural forces. Angel experiences major character development throughout the series. He has a son with Darla, one of the vampires from and love interest from Angelus’ past, who was first introduced in the episode “Welcome to the Hellmouth” of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Angel also falls in love with Cordelia, another protagonist from season 1-3 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, however this never experiences the same true happiness he experienced with Buffy. Throughout the series Angel must combat the antagonist Wolfram and Hart, protect the city of LA from evil, and handle supernatural forces, all while still having to deal with his identity as a vampire with a soul.
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