Zombie– a human body in decay, a body that thirst for its own kinds blood. In retrospect can we honestly label them human? They hunt our kind and take our lives to fulfill their needs of brains and pulsing blood. In the book, Warm Bodies, Julie questioned, “You’ve never done this before, have you? Take a human home alive” (Marion, 42). She is referring this question to R, a zombie, who is exceedingly different then your normal zombie. She stresses the word human, only because she sees no similarities between the two kinds. However, R finds her question exceedingly rude, he looks at the difference as “Living” and “Dead”. I suppose in times like war you see the same idea, hunting the other pray. But in this light it’s between for example the Americans Vs. French not Living Vs. Dead.
Knowing that the body is mainly consistent of water, why hunt us. We don’t have as much meat as animals, and killing ones own is quite brutal. Being a zombie and have no sense of direction, no sense of compassion can surely answer that question. But why do they thrive for the memories from the brain? Reliving someone else’s life. Does it fulfill the lost memories of their own life? Simply they can’t even remember their names. R killed Julie’s boyfriend and throughout the book you realize that he kept the brain in his pocket for later. He prizes the brain as almost a sort of drug. Not necessarily to get high but to feel sensations that he cannot ensure on his own. Overall, in a sense he is addicted to reliving situations that Julie and her boyfriend had, and goes so far as to denying a piece to his friend M. “I turn my head and kiss Julie. We make love their on the blanket on the stadium floor…”(Marion, 26). This is a piece of memory that R obtains from a chunk of the brain tissue, his addiction.
Why Julie? Bringing her back, but covered in black blood will hide her scent from the other zombies, but why not leave her. R is nonetheless bringing her back to an even more dangerous place where all the zombies reside. She is living within a jet, with a lack of food, lack of social life, and seemingly held captive. R is exceedingly nice to Julie and finds old food that is her favorite, tried to speak and converse, but at the same time is munching on her boyfriends brain to feel a closer connection with her. Julie seems like a good asset to have around, she makes R seem more and more less of a zombie. Less groaning—more talking, less pointless bumping into things and zoning out—more adventures—etc.
With the amazing textual evidence that R can speak fluently with educated vocab, why can’t he hold an actual verbal conversation? Her groans and skips words and talks semi like a cave man. R narrates the book, and he does highlight his hardship of conversing, but why is it so tricky. Maybe because he is a zombie and has no salvia, or possibly no tongue, and no teeth? These can all be indications of why he struggles. But my confusion also leads into—He confesses that zombie’s cant read, so can they write? Because he is narrating the book, and because he is narrating we can all come to the fact that he is somewhat educated, so with the lack of knowledge of past life how does he know ultimately how to be? …
“Infected by zombie is just an arbitrary, inescapable, and devastating as infection by plaque”(Boluk and Lenz, 135). This quote was taken from an article by Boluk and Lenz, and connects Zombies to Plaques. Plaques are extremely devastating and can take over groups of people and end up with numerous deaths. The movement of the plaque or illness can be related to zombies in a sense of physically your body is decaying but also in the sense that the zombies go out to attack groups of living people and untimely devourer them. In both sense a population can be infected and destroyed.
- Boluk, Stephanie and Wylie Lenz. “Infection, Media, and Capitalism” 10.2 The Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies (Fall/Winter 2010): 126-64.
- Marion, Isaac. Warm Bodies. New York: Atria, 2011. Print.