Saturday, April 30, 2005

Buffy and the Questions surrounding her?

1.) To be honest, I was never a really big fan of Buffy the vampire slayer. Perhaps, I should have watched more then one episode. The episode shown in class though, was really good and almost peaked my interest. The only problem with the show is that it’s too stereotypical, especially with other shows out like charmed and angel.

2.) A person becomes a vampire slayer, not to become a celebrity, but to do his/her civic duty with his/her innate gifts. A slayer's job is to rid society of the evil consumed vampires. Where in the job description does it mention getting others to believe or understand what you do. In the real world, many people, like the mother Theresas of the world, go unnoticed in their work and success. They don’t complain about the lack of exposure, rather they are happy to be able to make a positive difference to the community. This idea translates over to a vampire slayer. It does not matter to them if they receive the exposure or understanding gratitude from society. What really matters to them is the end result, the protection they give to other people in the form of eradicating the vampire race. A vampire slayer does his/her job, not for the understanding or gratitude from society, rather because they want to expunge the community of vampires.

Buffy, the vampire slayer, does not follow the common belief, that slayers do their job for the good of society rather then understanding from the victims. The simplest explanation for this deviation is that, Buffy is not Mother Theresa. She is not able to work for the betterment of society, without their acceptance and gratitude. This character flaw is seen in a number of episodes when she confronts Gile, her mentor, about the lack of acknowledgement for her work by the community. The reason Buffy continuously quests for society to understand her incredible work, is because she does not have a perfect character.

Buffy, in many of the episodes, has perceptions about the imminent danger facing the group. Even with proven instincts, her ideas are continually questioned or even ridiculed by her fellow defenders. This constant degradation of Buffy’s estimations by her friends is due to her presented image, a ditz. The T.V audience, on the other hand, is led to believe, through the way the episodes are shot, that Buffy usually has the right instincts. For example, in the episode where Buffy claims that the dummy is the cause for all the killings, the audience is led to believe that her assumption is correct because of scene selection. The twist of it all is that blonde ditz stigma turns out to be true, and her assumption is wrong. The audience, through scene deception, believed in Buffy’s fallible assumptions.


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