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Polidoris The Vampyre Essay 6 Vampire Mythology The Vampyre is a short story written by John Polidori It was first published in the New Monthly magazine in April of 1819 John Polidori was the assistant and physician of Lord Byron whom he stole the notes from to write the story The Vampyre would fall under the romantic gothic genre because of its setting and theme in the story The Vampyre begins with Lord Ruthven a nobleman at a London party alone The story does not touch upon why or how Ruthven became a vampyre The reader just learns as the story progresses At the party Lady Mercer threw herself Ruthvens way but he does not even notice her because she is not pure in heart and soul Instead Ruthven takes notice of the virtuous wife and innocent daughter Ruthven who has the reputation of being a very good speaker takes notice of Aubrey a young rich orphan that was left with only one sister Aubrey is ecstatic that such an extraordinary being noticed him Their relationship matures through the story and they go on a tour of the continent together Aubrey notices that Ruthven is not normal on the tour and starts to suspect that he might be a supernatural being Ruthven flaunts his wealth by giving it to people that will degrade themselves with it Aubrey learns of Ruthvens doing with an Italian female and warns her of before leaving for Greece- stopping the assassination In Athens Aubrey meets a young Greek girl named Ianthe who he falls in love with Ianthe warns Aubrey not walk in the woods at night because of supernatural beings Aubrey finds Ianthe in a cabin in the woods while riding a horse during the night on his way back to the house The horse kicks which is a sign that a vampire is near Since Ianthe is a friend of Aubrey and the
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