E212-M John Polidori Questions

Assigned: "The Vampyre" (1-24) from The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre. (Separate edition; see below.) An etext version is also available: "The Vampyre."

"The Vampyre"

1. How might we describe Lord Ruthven's system of morals, or ethics — what seems to motivate him to treat others as he does throughout the story?

2. How does the author characterize the young gentleman Aubrey? What are his shortcomings? What seems to draw him closer to Lord Ruthven? To what extent does he deserve the fate that overtakes him?

3. This is obviously a tale of Gothic horror, but what elements and attitudes in the story come across as lighthearted or comical? How might it be interpreted as a social satire on Regency England?

Edition: Polidori, John et al. The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2001. ISBN 0192838946.