Character of Elena Gilbert

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A character analysis of Elena Gilbert
The Vampire Diaries
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‘The Vampire Diaries’, originally a book by L.J Smith, was translated to television by the CW Television Network in 2009. As the title goes, it is dominated by the supernatural. Vampires to be exact. The story is set in the fictional town called ,“Mystic Falls”, in Virginia. Elena Gilbert is the show’s protagonist who is torn between the supernatural and humanity. Elena is a strong, caring person but as time progresses, she can be seen as manipulative. This essay will focus on season one and two of The Vampire Diaries and will analyse how Elena Gilbert’s character has developed and progressed. When we are first introduced to Elena, she is writing in her diary; “Dear Diary, Today will be different. It has to be. I will smile and it will be believable. My smile will say, ‘I’m fine thank you. Yes I feel much better’. I will no longer be the sad little girl who lost her parents. I will start fresh, be someone new. That’s the only way I will make it through.”

She is facing yet another school year but due to tragedy, Elena and her younger brother, Jeremy, face it without their parents who were both killed in a car accident. Although Elena puts on a brave face to her peers, shortly afterwards, she sits in Mystic Falls cemetery, next to her parents headstone to write once again in her diary. Elena’s world however is changed forever by Stefan Salvatore, a mysterious yet alluring new student at her high school. He arrives the first day of school and becomes acquainted with Elena. Over the next few episodes, romance blossoms between them. However, the romance is cut short with the revelation that Stefan and his brother, Damon Salvatore, are both vampires. Elena’s mind jumps to conclusions about the murders and the “bodies drained of blood” since their return to the town. She becomes hostile towards them and distances herself. However, when her younger brother, Jeremy witnesses Stefan kill his...
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