Vampires - Vampires Vampires; the Undead Although vampires...

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Vampires Vampires; the Undead Although vampires are recognized to be deadly creatures and their existence is controversial, evidence substantiates that they do indeed exist. The teachings and the records of the past give enough proof for sane people. Horrible things happen today, due to vampire activity. Humans are instinctively fearful of the truth, fortune and of death; but human fear of the fact that some incidences are actually caused by vampires leads man to ignore the problem and thus make himself believe that vampires do not exist. Ignoring the problem only increases its severity. The number of vampires is probably multiplying. Vampires would most likely one day rise against humanity, to avenge their long dead ancestors, and turn the human population into a vampire one. People need to be aware of the problem, and educated about vampires, maybe even taught about them in school, so that humans can destroy the legions of the undead and live in peace. If the issue of vampires' existence is to be discussed, then the exact
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meaning of the word vampire should be clarified. Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary defines a vampire as "a bloodsucking ghost or reanimated body of a dead person believed to come out from the grave and wander about by night sucking the blood of persons asleep" (qtd. in Baumann 5). This statement is also supported by the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary of Current English and Encyclopedia International (950; 6). Dictionaries and encyclopedias usually give limited information, but in this case they actually gave an incorrect definition. Firstly, vampires are not "believed. .." to be, but their existence has been proven. Secondly, they do not just suck "the blood of persons asleep" but also of those who are awake. In short, the word vampire is applied to a dead and buried person who rises out of the grave every night except Friday, and goes about stealthily sucking the blood of whoever is available (Crow 252). Kipling was absolutely correct in writing that "Some of him lived but the most of him died" (201). Vampires have certain physical characteristics that distinguishe them
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from humans. Generally, vampires are pale and skinny (Baumann 7). The most widely known universal characteristic would be the fangs. Right before the bloody encounter, the vampire uses its piercing eyes to hypnotize its prey (Baumann 7). The vampire plunges these two, long, sharp teeth into the jugular vein and sucks the blood from its victims (Baumann 7). It is well known that vampires cast no shadow nor a reflection in the mirror (Stoker 245). A vampire can transform himself into a wolf (Stoker 245). Vampires can also take the form of a bat to gain entry into a victim's house; It would resume its normal form once inside (Baumann 7). Vampires, on certain occasions, can also be seen as phantoms (Crow 252). Vampires are not
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This note was uploaded on 01/09/2011 for the course EDS 103 taught by Professor White during the Spring '10 term at E. Kentucky.

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