The corpses who walk the streets. However, as he is doing so, Neville realizes his watch has stopped, and he has to race home, hoping to beat the vampire mob to his house. In his last moments before he is put to death, Neville comes to the realization that he has become a legend to this new race born of the infection and he accepts his fate.
His experiments also reveals that the infection creates an allergic reaction to garlic in the host. For me, he is in the same category as Bradbury and Asimov.
Director Steven Spielberg said: Plot summary[ edit ] Robert Neville is the apparent sole survivor of a pandemic whose symptoms resemble vampirism. The individual isolated in a threatening world, attempting to survive.
More often, though, he spends his time and energy trying to stay alive, trying to figure out why the vampire plague works as it does, and why wooden stakes work against them.
I love, by the way, Matheson's acceptance speech for this award: As he does so, he remembers key moments in the past that led to the current situation. In my edition of I Am Legend, Brian Lumley is quoted saying "a long time ago I read [the book], and I started writing horror at about the same time.
As an author, Matheson no doubt intuitively understands the deep psychological need for art that probably everybody experiences: What used to be normal is now a legend.
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. More often, though, he spends his time and energy trying to stay alive, trying to figure out why the vampire plague works as it does, and why wooden stakes work against them.
Other creatures, such as dogs, are also infected by the virus. Interviews with Screenwriters of the s, ed.
Mathias Clasen 7. Instead, it is perhaps the greatest novel written on human loneliness. The Last Man on Earth[ edit ] Main article: His systematic, yet frequently frustrated, investigation of the vampire virus offers him some purpose in life.
The entire section is words. Robert Neville, however, does not leave his home. Later, "he went from house to house and used up all his stakes. It takes Neville awhile to repair the damage done to his house. Ruth kisses him and leaves. Characters battle not just fero- cious beasts, but monstrous germs, as well.
Then there are Matheson's vampires — written inand so much scarier, so much more interesting and memorable and believable, than the hordes of pallid high—school students who keep springing up today and than the mobs in the Will Smith film version.
When a subsequent staking of the corpse produced a protracted groan from the presumed vampire, the case was settled. Each day he has a regular routine of maintenance and vampire killing. This, the loss of love and companionship, is the central concern of the novel. Marks and Randolph M. 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.
Matheson is routinely credited with being a major factor in the transi- tion of the horror genre from Gothic exoticism and Lovecraftian fantasy to modern, urban horror.The vampire apocalypse is a fairly unlikely event, but it makes for great storytelling.
Richard Matheson's I Am Legend is a milestone in modern Gothic literature; it tells the bleak story of Robert Neville, sole survivor of a vampire plague.
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I draw I draw upon empirical research into ‘mind attribution’ in social psychology, and apply Cognitive Grammar. Attributing minds to vampires in Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend Louise Nuttall Attributing minds to vampires in Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend.
Show all authors. Louise Nuttall. Neville is now an attenuated ‘spectre’ and ‘legend’, just like the myth or vampire schema which readers have been invited to draw upon during.
I Am Legend is a science fiction horror novel by American writer Richard Matheson. It was influential in the development of the zombie - vampire genre of fiction, and in popularizing the concept of a worldwide apocalypse due to disease.
I don’t like vampire novels much, so I wasn’t planning to read Richard Matheson’s classic vampire story I am Legend which was published inis also known by the title The Omega Man, and is, of course, the basis for the movie I am Legend/5(K).Download