October 10th, 2007 (08:28 pm)
Okay, so I hate my dual credit college english class...but I think I just wrote the best essay of my life! Check it out:
The critically acclaimed show Buffy the Vampire Slayer quickly became a cult classic for teens in the 90s. The show appealed to those who liked comedy, action, and drama alike; and what show would be complete without eye candy? The two vampire characters Angel and Spike were quickly adored by both men and women fans of the show. These vampires are as different as night and day, but they share some deeply-embedded similarities too.
Angel and Spike are on opposite ends of the male spectrum. Angel, the older of the two immortal hunks, is tall, dark, and mysterious. His brooding, chivalrous personality gives him a knight-in-shining-armor persona that tends to attract women whether he likes it or not. But this caring, ensouled vampire was not always a puppy dog with fangs. As Angelus, his evil alter ego, he was the scourge of Europe and delighted in torturing his victims. Before Spike obtained his soul, he only took pleasure in the thrill of the kill instead of the actual murder itself. Spike is the more misunderstood of the two vampires. He is usually seen as the “badass” sexy bleach blonde, but he has a very romantic and poetic side. Spike very much lacks a conscience and does what he wants when he pleases. Unlike Angel, he does not bend over backwards to do the right thing; he’s neither good nor evil, but can be persuaded to be on either side.
While these two vampires are obviously very different, they share some of the same qualities as well. Both characters are obviously vampires that are eventually cursed with the heavy burden of a soul. At the time that each man is cursed with his soul, they both endure the same amount of pain and guilt towards their past victims. Most importantly, these vampires share a love for the same woman: Buffy Summers. Love can make people do the wacky, especially when it comes to vampires loving the vampire slayer. Spike and Angel often argue over who loves Buffy more and who is better suited for the slayer; this never ends pleasantly, but they share a common love interest all the same.
The show Buffy the Vampire Slayer has developed two highly adored vampires that are as different as white and black. Spike and Angel are polar opposites, but they also share very important comparisons. Perhaps it is their similarities, and not their differences, that fuel their distaste for one another.
Yeah...it's beautiful. And that's all I have to say :]