Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Are We "The Walking Dead"?

     Chuck Klostermans article "My Zombie, Myself: Why Modern Life Feels Rather Undead" explains how zombies relates to our daily lives. People can relate to zombies because it reminds us that our daily routines has the same characteristics of a zombie. Klosterman states:
 “What if contemporary people are less interested in seeing depictions of their unconscious fears and more attracted to allegories of how their day-to-day existence feels? That would explain why so many people watched that first episode of The Walking Dead: They knew they would be able to relate to it.” (385) 
In our daily lives we wake up and do the same daily routines everyday. This is why Klosterman relates us to zombies.
    In the article Chuck gives examples of his claim. One of his examples of how zombies relates to our daily lives is the television show "The Walking Dead". In "The Walking Dead" on AMC it starts out with a man named Rick Grimes whom is a former Sheriff's deputy who has been in a coma for months because he got shot. He finally wakes up from his coma to a ghost town. There was no living person for miles, not even in the hospital. He thinks that he's the only person alive because all he sees is zombies. While taking a journey to Atlanta he finds people who are alive and has a camp outside of the town. When taken there by these people he finds his wife Lori, his son Carl and his partner/best friend Shane. They all struggle to fight off the zombies as well as competing with other survivor groups who are willing to do whatever it takes to survive.
    "The Walking Dead" on AMC relates to Klostermans point on how zombies relates to our daily lives. In "The Walking Dead" the living repeatedly come across zombies which they have to kill. In other cases the zombies end up biting one unfortunate person and they have to be killed in the end. In this show they go through with this day by day. This comes back to Klostermans claim that we can relate to zombies because our lives are very repetitive everyday just like the show "The Walking Dead". We as humans get up, go to work and go to sleep and start this process over again. We as human should try to change our daily routines and find a new identity for ourselves rather than being zombie-like on a daily basis.

1 comment:

  1. Good stuff here, LaKayla, but I'm a little unsure how the show helps prove his point :-/