The Peasant and the Corpse is a very interesting story to examine because it is old and shows how vampires were portrayed in 1945. The characters are also very interesting in the story. It portrays vampires in a negative light and it is interesting to see how the portrayal of vampires over the years. Even the language that is used is unique to that time. Today, stories are not written in that format. It is also interesting to note that the vampire is not introduced directly as a vampire. He is called a corpse at first. This story also has a lot of violent imagery. For example, the vampire said, “Give me back my coffin lid or I will tear you to pieces” (“The Peasant and the Corpse” 333). This also explains why people were so afraid of the idea of vampires at the time.
In another story titled, “Bucket of Blood”, the vampire also dies in a very violent way. He is stabbed with an aspen stake, and there is a lot of talk about blood (“Bucket of Blood” 22). I have noticed that vampires are a lot more romanticized today. For example, the film titled, Let the Right One In illustrates the close relationship between a vampire and a young boy. Eli who is the vampire from the film has all these supernatural powers that are made to seem very exciting and interesting. Going back to The Peasant and the Corpse, it is interesting to see the history behind vampires in 1945 when the story was written. One source talks about how in the 20th century, the writing about vampires was a lot less romanticized than it is now. The source said that many books were inspired by Dracula from that time (Luckhurst). Another source says that stories like The Peasant and the Corpse were inspired by “The Vampire” written in 1748 (“Vampire”). I also noticed that a lot of stories during that time mention peasants and servants. An additional source mentions that peasants are a type of farmers that may live in a small village. This makes sense because these old vampire stories take place in rural Europe where the presence of peasants was very likely (“Peasant”).
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