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Zombies

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George A. Romero, The "Godfather of Zombies" Zombies A zombie is a broad, vague term that covers a number of creatures, from the classic zombies first introduced by Romero, to the Rage zombies of 28 days, to voodoo, to quasi-vampire beings.

With this in mind, what truly makes a zombie? In essence, a zombie is a human stripped of its humanity. Often, they are the living dead, but that doesn't have to be true. At their core, a zombie is a human with some or all of the elements that make it human removed. Because of this, they serve as an excellent mirror to humans, to reveal some darker nature within ourselves.

Now, let's take a look at zombies over the years. I am Legend/ The Omega Man Summary: Robert Neville, the last man on earth, is surrounded by a horde of what are the victims of a pandemic that turns its victims into beings that resemble vampires. Despite this, the novel is considered to be the first "zombie" novel ever made, published in 1954. Though the creatures of the novel resemble vampires, this was the first to introduce the concept of a worldwide zombie apocalypse and several of the themes that continue to run through zombie works of literature today. The themes of dealing with loneliness, isolation, and how to treat the creatures that once were human are all introduced in this novel, as well as the first scientific approach taken to explaining the reason for the plague. The novel also focuses on the human of the story, revealing not only his faults and inhumanity, but humanity as a whole, the plague having been caused by human war. In the post-war era, closely after the Soviets achieved nuclear weapons and the era of mutually assured destruction, Matherson's novel uses the mirror of the victims of a plague caused by human fault to show us that we are the real monsters. "[I am] a new superstition entering the unassailable fortress of forever. I am legend." 28 Days Later What are they?

What about them is so compelling?

What made them popular, and why are they popular now? A 2002 horror film, which revitalized the zombie sub-genre. A powerful virus escapes from a British research facility. Transmitted in a drop of blood and devastating within seconds, the virus locks those infected into a permanent state of murderous rage. Within 28 days the country is overwhelmed and a handful of survivors begin their attempts to salvage a future, little realizing that the deadly virus is not the only thing that threatens them. The film was made shortly after the events of terrorism that shocked the globe. The film mirrors the global anxiety about terrorism by having calm, pastoral setting abruptly interrupted by the Rage zombies attacking, leading the group of survivors to seek shelter with the military, only to find that the military are worse than the monsters. Accredited with bringing zombies from
the obscure into the limelight with the
critically acclaimed films
"Night of the Living Dead" (1968)
and
"Dawn of the Dead" (1978),
which set the
standard for attributes of following zombies "To me, the zombies have always just been zombies. I’m pointing the finger at us, not at[them]. My stories are about humans and how they react, or fail to react, or react stupidly." "My zombies will never take over the world because I need the humans. The humans are the ones I dislike the most, and they're where the trouble really lies." Set in the epitome of capitalism (A shopping mall), survivors spend their numbered days living in satirical luxury only to have it cut short by a gang of bikers that force them to face not only the horrors that wish to return to the mall, but just how much they have in common with the dead. They're both consumers that value their own desires highest and are willing to feed off of others to meet these desires, which is a comparison made obvious by Romero. Max Brooks, the Next Generation(?) “The only rule that ever made sense to me I learned from a history, not an economics, professor at Wharton. "Fear," he used to say, "fear is the most valuable commodity in the universe." That blew me away. "Turn on the TV," he'd say. "What are you seeing? People selling their products? No. People selling the fear of you having to live without their products." [Expletive] A, was he right. Fear of aging, fear of loneliness, fear of poverty, fear of failure. Fear is the most basic emotion we have. Fear is primal. Fear sells.” “Often, a school is your best bet-perhaps not for education but certainly for protection from an undead attack.” This is another overt bashing of capitalism coming from a character who exploits it through the creation of Phalanx, a drug that claims to cure or vaccinate humans from the zombie virus and is pushed through the FDA without any real testing. What results is economic recovery in the United States that reflects people are willing to pay any amount of money for peace of mind. In a style inspired by Romero, Max Brooks has written works that in their most significance do not focus entirely on the threat of zombies, but the way us humans are afraid of seeing our own safe world torn asunder by a force that brings us to face our own inconsistencies. These trademarks are our inability to cooperate with one another and the selfish desires that we exploit others in order to fulfill them. Shaun of the Dead A romantic comedy with zombies, or a zombie movie with a romantic comedy. You pick.
(ROMCOMZOM or ZOMROMCOM)
Shawn of the Dead parodies and pays homage to the tropes laid forth in Romero's and Brook's bodies of work. Did you see that chicken?
That was some good chicken I loved that chicken Just shut up, Rick The Walking Dead An AP English Final by Curtis Bush and Elisha Perkins What began as a graphic novel series
in 2003 has become an entire world of
it's own, with accompanying literature
(Such as Rise of the Governor), a TV
series that follows the plot of the gra-
-phic novels, and even video games
centered around different victims
of the same tragedy. The Threat Although the graphic novel is spiced by combat with zombies, it also continues the important trend of how us humans react under threat of an apocalyptic evil that is our own undead kind. They are a backdrop upon which the characters are staged, and under such high stress situations both the best and the worst can come out of everyday people. In Conclusion The Struggle In a plot piece that is usually avoided, many children are in the Walking Dead series. Their presence is accompanied with a parental figure (whether adopted or biological) who must not only evade the zombie threat but must also attempt to keep their children safe. Two male characters, Rick and the Governor, do not compromise their conviction to make their kids the main priority in their lives, but unfortunately the reality is that there are circumstances beyond their control that these children inevitably confront on their own, whether they fail or succeed it is truly a taxing experience on the parent. This can be connected to the actual circumstance of the financial crisis of 2008. The best zombie stories are not actually about the zombies at all, but are focused on the survivors who must endure it. Writers and directors use this not only to criticize certain natures of our society, but to make us face ourselves. Our own fear is more powerful than any zombie makeup can reproduce.
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