Neville is highly suspicious of the woman, whose name is Ruth. As he gets supplies and gas, Neville occasionally sees things that remind him of how things were before the vampire plague hit.
He fights his way to his house and collapses inside. Neville has even adjusted to being hunted and is not really stressed by it anymore. We do learn, however, that the vampires are cold and that they have white fangs and bad breath IAL, p.
After some convincing, Ruth tells him her story of how she and her husband survived the pandemic though her husband was killed two weeks earlier.
He now sees that the infected view him with the same hatred and fear that he once felt for the vampires; he realizes that he, a remnant of old humanity, is now a legend to the new race born of the infection: Films[ edit ] I Am Legend has been adapted to a feature-length film four times one of which does not credit Matheson as the source.
Along the way, Neville explains what he has learned about the infection. This is the common-sense observation that is conveyed by I Am Legend; imaginatively and more powerfully than any psychology textbook could ever hope to accomplish.
This book was how a [sic] individual would handle thinking that he was the last survivor on Earth. The ending of the film was also altered to portray Neville as sacrificing his life to save humanity, rather than being executed for crimes against the surviving vampiric humans, although a deleted ending for the film was closer in spirit to the book.
He is now killing such large numbers of vampires in his daily forays that his nightly visitors have diminished significantly. Eventually Neville grabs the dog and carries it inside.
Though referred to as "the first modern vampire novel",  it is as a novel of social theme that I Am Legend made a lasting impression on the cinematic zombie genre, by way of director George A. Some vampiric elements are retained, such as sensitivity to UV light and attraction to blood.
Though referred to as "the first modern vampire novel",  it is as a novel of social theme that I Am Legend made a lasting impression on the cinematic zombie genre, by way of director George A. You are the only person out here on the Wasteland who is, quote, "a normal person", and we wanted you to feel, like, special in that way.
He eventually discovers a bacillus responsible for vampirism. Instead, it is perhaps the greatest novel written on human loneliness. Neville's past is revealed through flashbacks ; the disease claimed his wife and daughter, and he was forced to kill his wife after she seemingly rose from the dead as a vampire and attacked him.Finally, I Am Legend also showed that it was possible to return to older genre traditions thought dead and revitalize them, as authors Stephen King and Anne Rice did a generation later with the.
Name Instructor Course Date I Am Legend (Novel) One of the common topics in horror genre stories is alienation and in I am Legend mankind is depicted as monster while there is isolation, loneliness and alienation.
The Horror Genre in I am Legend by Richard Matheson Words | 3 Pages. In I Am Legend, Richard Matheson both satisfies and subverts horror genre expectations in order to convey the idea that people are reluctant to change.
I Am Legend seeks to emphasize the possibility that society itself can easily become a dystopia through its gritty, raw portrayal drawn from the horror genre. Distributing fear about isolation and a spur lifestyle within the text.
Finally, I Am Legend also showed that it was possible to return to older genre traditions thought dead and revitalize them, as authors Stephen King and Anne Rice did a generation later with the.
THE POST-APOCALYPTIC FILM GENRE IN AMERICAN CULTURE - 2 The Post-apocalyptic Film Genre in American Culture - Emma Anne Harris ABSTRACT This thesis examines post-apocalyptic films in American cinema in the period These films will be analysed in relation to their status as a genre, and I Am Legend.Download