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Critical Rhetorical Analysis: “Why Vampires Never Die”

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Does the supernatural simply flare and then fade forever? More specifically, do vampires die? Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan claim in their essay, “Why Vampires Never Die,” published in July 30th 2009, that the reason paranormal creatures are immortal is due to the fact that they stress what is corporeal in humanity, whereas vampires accentuate the endless and everlasting desire within mankind. They deem that in a society fixated on the transient, something truly endless grasps a distinctive charm. Furthermore, their core idea is that the individual craving for vampires hasn't been altered, albeit how radically society has been reformed. That in actuality, present scientific progressions have amplified one’s interest of vampires and monsters, and that forms inherent fears that will stay with people persistently. Del Toro and Hogan take advantage of multiple rhetorical elements such as telling the story in a compare and contrast manner, making use of similes, using a more connotative language, and having a unique structure of text.
The author’s op-ed piece was published in 2009, the very peak of the vampire contagion, where one could find these creatures wherever they looked. This pandemonium that arose from vampires is what drove del Toro and Hogan to pen “Why Vampires Never Die.” Furthermore, the purpose behind this essay is to give an abridged description of the past of vampires for the people who had become fanatics of the creatures. Also, this essay showed how vampires have persisted in pop culture. They suggest that vampires have been remade by diverse cultures at different times, and this change echoes that society's angst and concerns. The novelist’s imply that Stroker’s Dracula may mirror an exaggerated human on a primal level and that illusory monsters are simple allegories for actual problems and uncertainties.
Del Toro and Hogan use comparison and contrast to make their argument. They compare vampires to humans various times throughout the essay. By doing so, they not only enlighten upon the physical traits of a vampire but the emotional traits of both humans and supernatural beings. Furthermore, this contrast suggests that vampires are simply a supernatural, yet primal, version of humans. An undertone brought from the constant comparisons in this op-ed piece is why there is such an allure for something eternal to humans. They insist that this allure is because vampires generate lust, a “delicious void, one we long to fill.” Furthermore, they compare reality with fiction by stating that the reason people turn to any supernatural...

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