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The Young Man and His Vampire Brother: Analysis

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Plot Edit

This short tale is about a boy who is abandoned by his father at his stepmother's behest. With some money his father gifted him with, the boy wandered to the next town where he found a dead body being mistreated by the locals because the man did not pay his debt while alive. The Young Man pays the dead man's debt as well as gives him a proper burial, leaving him poor. As the boy travels by the cemetery to the next town, a vampire in disguise asks to be his companion. With the vampire's help, the Young Man is able to free the daughter of the town's Pasha, a high-ranking Turkish officer, of her curse of being a vampire and marries her. After some time, the Young Man takes a trip home that goes awry. He is cheated of all his possessions by two men at cards and is forced to work guarding swine. Worried, the Young Man's wife and his vampire brother go in search of him. They find the two men that took the Young Man's possessions and win them back and eventually find the Young Man, himself. The boy and his adopted brother split the winnings and the vampire frees the Pasha's daughter of a snake dwelling in her body before the vampire goes into an eternal slumber.

Analysis Edit

The Young Man and the dead man at the start of the story are both victims of "othering".[1] The Young Man is cast out by his stepmother and his father while the dead man is not given a burial and being spit on by the locals for not paying his debt while alive (Romany, 83). After the boy helps the corpse, the dead man comes back as a vampire to help the Young Man. For a weak human to have a vampire protector is not uncommon. There have been other helpful vampires such as Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Blade from Marvel Comics.[2][3]

The Pasha's daughter was a cursed vampire, but became human again by The Young Man. Though it was not common in pop culture to have female vampires, there are an entire slew of women vampires to be found today. [4]

During the Young Man's trip home he is hustled by two men at a tavern and lost all of his possessions. It turns out the two men were vampires (Romany, 85). According to Jeffrey Cohen's fifth thesis in, Jeffrey Cohen: "Monster Culture: Seven Theses", these two vampires are considered to be "some monstrous border patrol" (Cohen, 12). These vampires "declare the curiosity is more often punished than rewarded" (Cohen, 12).[5]

References Edit

  1. https://arizona.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=61b9b2be-de14-4c0c-9a44-6553fdc2a01d
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_(Buffy_the_Vampire_Slayer)#Buffy_the_Vampire_Slayer
  3. http://marvel.com/universe/Blade_(Eric_Brooks)
  4. http://www.ranker.com/list/most-popular-female-vampires/chinofernandez
  5. https://d2l.arizona.edu/d2l/le/content/563364/viewContent/4841247/View

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