I Am Legend
Discussion of the Use of Facilitation In Relation to the Theme in I am Legend by Richard Matheson. I am Legend is a story about Robert Unveiled, a man who is supposedly the only human still living in a post-apocalyptic world. An infectious virus has taken over the globe and converted everyone to vampires. This is threatening the further existence of mankind. What comes next Is Roberts battle to outlive the vampires. The story picks on elements of the supernatural and horror, but in its core there are some deeper themes that can be contracted from I am Legend.
In this essay, I want to focus n the main theme, which is the isolation of Robert towards the new society and its violent Inhabitants, that eventually will lead to his alienation and even desolation. A very relevant topic such as Matins Classes stated: “the horror of isolation is very real and very rational for members of a social species such as ours” (320). The main theme is accentuated by the kind of facilitation that is used by Matheson, which is an internal, fixed facilitation.
The reader only sees the events happen through the eyes of Robert. Therefore, the view Is very narrow and It contributes to the effect of he isolation. The first argument to support this claim about the main theme is the bombastic, classical music of Robert Unveiled. Robert is Isolating himself from the vampires by locking himself into his room In order to survive the atrocities that are going on around him. He does this to avoid Ben Cartoon, his infected neighbor who tries to trick Robert into becoming a vampire.
While Cartoon is shouting Roberts name for him to come outside, Robert is turning his music up to block out the noise coming from the vampires In fear of catching the virus too. It Is Roberts attempt at Isolating myself from the new society for he does not wish to be part of it. This, however, changes when there comes another non-infected person along, a girl called Ruth. Together with Ruth he Is no longer the only human out there. Moreover, this shows that because of his Isolation, Robert Is becoming a very lonely, frustrated man who grabs every chance at companionship.
Firstly, there is the dog Robert tried to befriend and secondly, Ruth. As times went by, so did Roberts social skills over the years. This caused a problem when Robert wanted to approach the attractive female. At this point, It also becomes clear that Unveiled has built up some sexual frustrations after the lack of affection and love over the past years. He is a little bit lost and does not know how to handle the new situation with another person. Yet, it is very pleasing to not be on his own anymore.
Robert Unveiled Is rejecting the new and brutal society that Is being formed by the vampires by Isolating himself. Robert Is not pleased with the new situation and while he wants to reject it, it results in his alienation of the society. The second motif, drinking, helps to get him through the day. Drinking helps him forget the reality with which he Is unhappy and from which he wants to escape. Again, he Is trying to reject the new and brutal vampire society that established Itself In the world. The problem of isolation is a very present concern in our society as well.
In our world, people are shutting themselves out from the world and neighbors, especially in urban people are alienating themselves from the world. Richard Matheson is highlighting this matter very subtly in the story. Religion also takes an important part in the story. Literally, there are the crucifixes that are used to prevent the vampires from coming into people’s homes. Robert, on the other hand, discovers that this only works on Christian vampires and not for example on Jews. This is a very literal element that can be found in the book.
There is also the interpretation of Robert Unveiled, who can be seen as a new savior, a revival of Jesus Christ. Throughout the novel there is desperation and destruction all around. The vampires are ruining everything the society once built and they are wiping out mankind. The character of Robert brings a stray of light and hope into this darkness. He is the only survivor who is looking for an antidote for the virus and who s aware of the scientific symptoms and causes that resulted in the creation of vampires.
Being the only survivor, again, is the link to the isolation and alienation of Robert. Furthermore, Just like Jesus Christ, there is a public execution planned for Robert Unveiled, because he is threatening the further existence of the vampires and needs to be stopped. This explains how one can consider Unveiled as a savior of mankind in the story. On top of that, it explains the title of the novel. The savior is the legend. At the end of his life Unveiled realizes this and is speaking to himself before the pills start to kick in, resulting in his death.
Unveiled is, Just like Jesus, accepting his faith for the good cause. Unveiled, the destroyer of the undead, sees himself as the lost great hope for mankind, while this other group only sees him as a terrible legend Noun Pluvial 733). These are some arguments that support the major theme of I am Legend, which is the isolation of Robert Unveiled. It shows that the story is more than Just a suspense horror tale about vampires and blood. Richard Matheson raises some deeper points that matter in life like religion, alienation and rejection of a society one is unhappy with.