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Plot Edit

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Promotional poster for 1998 film, Blade. Featuring Wesley Snipes as Blade.

The 1998 film "Blade" directed by Stephen Norrington, tells the story of Blade, a demi-vamp seeking vengeance on the creatures that killed his mother.

His mother was pregnant at the time of the time of the vampire attack that ended her life. Thus, Blade was endowed with preternatural powers and simultaneously ripped away from his dying mother upon birth. The tragedy of losing his mother and being half-vampire was enough of a motive for Balde to dedicate his life to destroying vampires.

One of Blade's main targets in the film is a vampire by the name of Deacon Frost. Frost, meanwhile, is hoping to capture Blade as part of his nefarious plan to awaken La Magra, the Blood God. By doing so, vampires would no longer have to hide themselves and would reign supreme over humans.

With the help of his old friend, Whistler, and a young hematologist named Karen, Blade wages war on the veil forced plotting against the human race.

"Others" in the Film Edit

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Blade the character

The main protagonist in the film is an obvious example of an "Other." Blade lives on the fringes of society as he is neither fully human or fully vampire. Unable to truly belong to a group, he lives in near-solitude. As a Daywalker, he can walk among humans during the day and he is unaffected by the same weaknesses that ail vampires. However, he has their strength and the same unquenchable thirst for blood.

Blade is called a "freak" by vampires and to humans he is virtually unknown. Yet, due to his abilities, he bears the responsibility of protecting humanity, something he may never get to experience. Despite all his efforts, he cannot be cured of his vampiric qualities meaning he can never be human, nor truly belong in society.

Deacon Frost Edit

Frost

The film's main antagonist is also an example of an "Other." Frost, though a relatively high-ranking vampire, is looked down upon by Pureblood Vampires for his lack of lineage/inheritance of vampirism; Frost was simply a human-turned-vampire. Despite having the same characteristics as natural-born vampires, Frost and other non-Purebloods are viewed as inferior to Pureblood Vampires. Frost is even blamed for the incident at the rave broken up by Blade. In addition, Frost's ideas are attacked and mocked by the Vampire Council.

This difference in treatment is one of the reasons Frost takes it upon himself to raise La Magra. He and his cohorts can move up in rank/prestige and simultaneously silence the oppressive Pureblood authority figures if La Magra is able to rise.

References Edit

In Class

  • Coffee, Naomi. "Unit 2: Society and the Individual." Panopto Slide Cast, University of Arizona. Lecture.
  • Blade (1998). Dir. by Stephen Norrington.

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