By Barbara E. Hort
Vampires should not simply imaginary creatures of fiction or legend-they fairly exist. they're the folks who, having by no means bought love, accept strength in its place, and turn into specialists at robbing others in their important strength. we have all identified them. In her interesting learn of this darkish mental archetype, Barbara Hort seems to be to conventional myths in addition to to their glossy equivalents in literature, theater, and picture, following a blood-soaked path to such unforeseen locations because the Silence of the Lambs, "Snow White" and the Broadway musical Gypsy. She deals perception into how psychic vampires originate, how we permit ourselves to be stuck of their clutches, and the way we will safeguard ourselves from their seductive effect
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Still, the oppressed vampire can masquerade for short periods as a safe or even pitiable soul, particularly if we are gullible to his disguises of pathos and infirmity. Once we are in the clutches of an oppressed vampire, we are usually in extreme peril, but this does not mean that we have no defenses at our disposal. The stories of Dracula and The Silence of the Lambs indicate that one way, and perhaps the only way, to protect oneself from an oppressed vampire is to employ the most famous method for killing a vampire-piercing its heart with a sharp stake of living wood.
Nonetheless, she can and does provide them with important clues to the vampire's whereabouts. Guided by Mina, the group embarks on a transcontinental pursuit of Count Dracula from the ports of England to the peaks of the Carpathian mountains. After a frantic chase, the allies' vampire hunt reaches its conclusion on the steps of the Castle Dracula. Since Van Helsing and Mina arrive first, the old doctor enters the castle during the day and destroys the three female vampires. Van Helsing finishes just in time to see Arthur Holmwood, Jonathan Harker, John Seward, and Quincy Morris storm up the mountain on the heels of the Gypsy cart that bears Dracula in his coffin of moldy earth.
Vulnerable" vampire I call feminine because the role of vulnerability has generally fallen to women in our patriarchy. Yet is archetype is not only active in the psyches of women but also available to men who can don the veil of disempowerment. A feminine vampire is stalking you whenever you feel beholden to a helpless waif who promises loving gratitude in exchange for your force-a waif who implies that the guilt will be all yours if she should suffer from your refusal to comply with her request.