Essay for a college course called Living with the undead.
Carmilla the Lover and the Monster
The story of Carmilla is one that shows the complexity that mankind is capable of. This story shows how loving and caring mankind can be and how monstrous we can become without knowing how or why we became so monstrous. Carmilla meets the criteria to be called a lover and monster. Love is a virtue representing human kindness compassion and/or affection. Out of love Carmilla slowly drains the life out of Laura so she can turn her into a lifelong companion.
"But to die as lovers may--to die together, so that they may live together. Girls are
caterpillars while they live in the world, to be finally butterflies when the summer comes;
but in the meantime there are grubs and larvae, don't you see--each with their peculiar
propensities, necessities and structure. So says Monsieur Buffon, in his big book, in the
Sometimes it was as if warm lips kissed me, and longer and longer and more lovingly as
they reached my throat, but there the caress fixed itself. My heart beat faster, my
breathing rose and fell rapidly and full drawn; a sobbing, that rose into a sense of
strangulation, supervened, and turned into a dreadful convulsion, in which my senses left
me and I became unconscious. This shows that Carmilla despite being a vampire has retained the human ability to love. She wishes to have friends and the only way to accomplish this task is to turn humans into vampires. She also has the characteristics that many would call monstrous. As a vampire, Carmilla needed blood to sustain her existence. As humans hunt for sustenance so did Carmilla, she obtained sustenance where ever she could without disrupting her relationship with Laura.
As we sat thus one afternoon under the trees a funeral passed us by. It was that of a pretty
young girl, whom I had often seen, the daughter of one of the rangers of the forest. The
poor man was walking behind the...
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