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  1. Introduction
  2. Mere modernity cannot kill: The construction of the vampire
    1. The journal of Jonathan Harker
    2. The birth of the vampire as a popular icons
    3. The role of the unnatural character of the new Capitalist system
  3. I may be dead, but I'm still pretty: The body of the vampire
    1. Representation in a fairly consistent pattern
    2. Getting attracted to vampires sexually because of their immortality
    3. The influence of Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes
  4. Stop and count the coins: The vampire as commodity
  5. I want to see how it ends: The end of everything
  6. Bibliography

This paper will deal with immortality and the fear of death as embodied in the vampire: its construction, its body, and its pop culture eminence. The impetus for this line of thought began with our reading of White Noise, where Jack and his wife are consumed by their fear of death, a death that becomes more imminent and concrete with the introduction of the ?airborne toxic event.? Their fear of death drives them to the novel's tragic end.

[...] But with a little garlic, some sunlight, and a sharp stick, the living forces of good could manage those vampires. It might also be important to note that the time of Stoker's first publication of Dracula was nearly ten years after Jack the Ripper terrorized London without ever being brought to justice. A passage written by Harker's wife Mina embodies this fear, the new fear of the crazed killer: yet, if it be true, what terrible things there are in the world, and what an awful thing if that man, that monster, be really in London!? (Stoker 205) Keep in mind that this was also the height of popularity for the serialized Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. [...]

[...] And yet, unless my senses deceive me, the old centuries had, and have powers of their own which mere ?modernity' cannot kill.? (Stoker 39) Although the vampire was a mythic character in Europe as early as the Middle Ages (Marigny it wasn't until the nineteenth century that vampires truly caught on as legendary figures. A historian would wonder why that particular time period was the right time for the vampire (as we know it today) to be unleashed. Here are a few perspectives on what might have happened. [...]

[...] There was something about them that made me uneasy, some longing and at the same time some deadly fear.? (Stoker 41) Plus, it's been noted that many people are attracted to vampires sexually because of their immortality: ?This immortality makes the vampire a good emotional surrogate we all like to feel immortal, if only for a little while and the perfect lover, when not even death can force to leave you. In an era when it is too easy to feel = death,? sexy and immortal vampires are even more appealing.? (Bosky 218) While some theorize that the vampire has been portrayed ever more explicitly since Dracula, the vampire has been and remains a powerful sexual being. [...]

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