Vampires Everywhere

In both The Scarlet Letter and The Age of Innocence, characters act as vampires towards people seen as not obeying societal norms. The tension created by Arthur Dimmesdale and Hester Prynne’s secret connection creates the perfect opportunity for Roger Chillingworth to act as a vampire. Once the relationship is revealed he dies because there is no longer tension created by breaking societal norms for him to gain power from. vampireA similar vampire theme is seen in The Age of Innocence regarding Ellen Olenska. Because she does not fit into New York high society, she is shunned and gossiped about mercilessly. An example of this is when Ellen wears a “scandalous” dress to her first opera and all the high society members discuss how wrong it is. These acts of vampirism only let up after a final dinner is held for the Countess, during which it is revealed that the vampires speculated at an affair between her and Newland Archer. Their happy attitude towards her departure shos that they are relieved to get rid of someone who does not conform to their views.

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