Part VI of XLII. (To learn more about zombies, read all related posts.)
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2003 15:11:30 -0500
Subject: Re: ZOMBIES
From: Michael Pierce <*******@fountainheadnyc.com>
To: "Chabot, Jacob" <*******@marvel.com>, "Christine" <******@hampshire.edu>
CC: "Wade" <*******@earthlink.net>
Zombies are awesome for many reasons.
1) They are a symbol of death. When you see a zombie, what you are essentially seeing is an animated corpse. It is not truly alive, and therefore, you are staring at a creature that embodies the very essence of death.
2) It is difficult to understand the fact that although they look human, they are no longer able to contribute to society in the same way as they did when they were alive.
They have no mental functions beyond that of instinct. Whatever has animated them simply forces them to do what their basic human ancestors did - hunt and kill.
3) Fear. There is the obvious fear - that of being killed. But there is a hidden underlying fear of what created the monsters. This, of course, leads to the next fear: is there a way to reverse the effects or at least stop those that are already this way? The fear just layers again and again, leaving you without any real hope. And without hope, all you have is fear.
Zombies cannot be reasoned with. There is no way to teach them. They are mindless. A zombie truly represents almost every aspect of the "other." If you look even deeper, they are actually our counterbalance. We think, they do not; we move quickly, they do not; they work in collective masses, we value the individual; they are dead, we are alive. We look at them and detest them because they are everything we are not.
Zombies spread like a disease and do not think about killing. Vampires and werewolves usually think, because they can. This allows them to make decisions, and still almost makes them seem human at times. We can completely "feel" for a vampire or werewolf. We only "feel" for zombies when they are put into a human light - when they are given human characteristics they do not have. Zombies are ruthless, and we would do best to remember that.
I hope this helped out.
From: "Chabot, Jacob" <*******@marvel.com>
To: "Christine" <*****@hampshire.edu>, "'Michael Pierce'" <*******@fountainheadnyc.com>
Cc: "Wade" <*******@earthlink.net>
Subject: RE: ZOMBIES
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2003 15:22:03 -0500
Another scary thing about Zombies is that unlike turning into a dracula or a werewolf, when you turn into a zombie (and this could happen by just plain ol' dying rather than a zombie bite or scratch) you lose all the sense of you. You lose all of your mental facilities, your identity, and your memories.