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Dr. Carl Malmgren
Dr. Elizabeth Steeby
Erik Butler’s predicates for vampirism apply in some degree to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s male protagonists who skulk in the margins of “The Birthmark,” The Scarlet Letter, and “The Minister’s Black Veil.” As metaphoric vampires who seek weak prey in order to manipulate power structures, these monomaniacal parasites assume paternalistic positions in order to control and manipulate their victims, and they disguise their exploitive and egotistic sides with idealistic and altruistic passions for science and religion. This thesis explores how Hawthorne’s protagonists’ corrupt and consuming spirits echo traditional vampiristic characteristics.
Baudot, Amanda D., "Vampirism in Hawthorne’s “The Birthmark,” The Scarlet Letter, and “The Minister’s Black Veil”" (2013). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 1711.