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    “The Girl with the Hungry Eyes ” may seem like just another clever take on the old vampire legend; however, it is also a commentary on the affects of media on society. The Girl, as she is called, feeds on the life forces of men in much the same way that a classic vampire, with a small twist: she consumes their being. The Girl is presented as someone with an irresistible pull, an appeal that goes deeper than just sex. The narrator describes in great detail the ubiquitous nature of the Girl: “I…can’t stand to go downtown and see the mob slavering up at her on the tower…hate to look at magazines anymore…don’t like to think of millions of Americans drinking in that poisonous half smile…”. While he may claim that he hasn’t “suddenly developed an…

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    Once, folktales were used to educate children on the ideals of a time period. In the 1800s , there were many tales written about wolves and monsters in very similar contexts—a little girl with a red article of clothing being eaten. Two such fables are “Little Red Riding Hood ” and “Little Red Hat ”. These stories served to frighten young ladies into always travelling with a chaperone and following the rules set in place by family and society. In the tales, a beautiful young girl is eaten by the friendly, unassuming creature. The young girl is eaten because she was foolish and spoke with someone unknown to her and without a chaperone. The tales depict unknown persons (read: men) as beasts who would easily take advantage of any naïve young l…

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    Lord Byron’s The Giaour the vampire is used as a symbol of punishment. The term “giaour” is Turkish for infidel, or a nonbeliever, typically someone who follows a different religion. From just the except given (pages 29 -31) , it seems that the giaour has done some terrible wrong, for which he will be punished by the Islamic angel Monkir. He will be doomed to walk the earth as a vampire and murder all those he loves before finally suffering eternal damnation surrounded and consumed internally by fire. Byron writes that even the “Gouls and Afrits [demons]” will “in horror shrink away from spectre more accursed than they”. The idea of vampirism being used as a punishment is a common theme in horror stories, one that Bram Stoker  would eventual…

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