The name of the article is Our Zombies, Ourselves written by James Parker. In this article Parker discusses the historical backdrop of zombies and talks about where it is that they started from. Parker additionally raises exceptionally fascinating point on the notoriety of zombies and a short timeline on zombies. He also talks of different sorts of popular cultures which incorporate zombies and are utilized, for example, the movies Night of the Living Dead, White Zombie, the books The Zen of Zombies, Zombie Haiku, and the television series The Walking Dead.. By utilizing these references Parker helps demonstrate to us how zombies appear to ceaselessly draw our interest. The article additionally educates the reader about how zombies came and which prominent movies began to truly make the zombie what it is today. Parker also discusses the role and development of zombies and talks about how we have yet not reached the peak point of zombies. However not agreeing with Parker, it could be concluded that in fact zombies have reached the peak point.
Zombies have turned very commercial, its only when something turns commercial it loses its essence and from that point can no longer flourish. Unlike where parker talks of the zombie ‘And now we really see him, framed disastrously in the skewed rear windshield, advancing toward us at an off-kilter zombie trot. No mistaking the message: the world is out of whack, the car is off the road, and here comes the zombie.’ 1 ( The Bedford Reader) However depicted in Shawn’s, of Shawn of the Dead, inability to tell the difference between the zombies and his usual neighbors .Zombies are like holiday shoppers: thoughtless, impulsive, unselfconscious malcontents driven by the basest instinct to do nothing but seek the next object of consumption. It’s hard to question one’s own consumption, but easy to pick on zombie’s fixes. Zombies apart from becoming commercial have become globalized and technology has effected that as well, which also makes them same all over thus reaching a peak point beyond which they will not go.
Unlike how Parker mentions the Haitian zombie ‘For the people of Haiti, the zombie was one who had died and been buried, only to be malignantly revived and enslaved by a sorcerer’2 (The Bedford Reader) That is quite visible through the repeating zombie themes: pandemics, undocumented developments of individuals crosswise over quarantine and fringes, the likelihood of invasion by the hazardously contaminated or influenced: zombies are a flawless intermediary for the dread of frail limits of each kind. Once upon a time, zombies were made by enchantment. In any case for a couple of decades they’ve been structured by radioactivity and infections, particularly experimentally designed infections and bio-weapons. Parker does mention this ‘the virus, too, has been freely accelerated: now, scant seconds after having your throat ripped out, you stand up snarling and race off in search of prey.’ Furthermore the arrangements have a tendency to be outdated and low tech such as baseball bats, and medieval style-weaponry etc.
Many movies like World War Z specifically suggest that hand to head weapons are more effective than guns and projectiles. The idea of the end being near is yet again what has been reached and get associated with zombies, the fear of zombies is no more the sole fear of zombies but has become the fear of a zombie apocalypse. Anyhow every rendition in its own specific manner permits us to practice the end one additional time, so if or when it ever arrives, we’re better arranged. Frightened of the apocalypse? Any individual who doesn’t know how to react to the end times has nobody yet himself at fault right now. Lastly Parker says ‘But sometimes a zombie is just a zombie. Strike that: a zombie is always just a zombie.’3 (The Bedford Reader) Zombies in fact have to an extent become more than that, for example the zombie in Warm Bodies seems to have a mind of his own.
He can express his feelings and even have a conversation or at least an interaction with other zombies with a couple of head nods and occasional “ grss.. ahh…gaaah” . By the end of the movie the zombie actually turns back into a human once kissed by a human girl. And that does seem like the part where it stops for zombies, how much more can they possibly advance than that. The zombies have existed for time now, afore mentioned they have developed much more than just slaves to a point of being genetically engineered and then actually going back to human form. The virus that took some time to act now starts within just a few seconds. However it can be seen for some time now a repetitive pattern can be seen in anything related to zombies shows that yes they have reached their peak point.
1. Parker, James. “Our Zombies, Ourselves.” The Bedford Reader. 12th ed. N.p.: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013. 342-45. Print. 2. Parker, James. “Our
Zombies, Ourselves.” The Bedford Reader. 12th ed. N.p.: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013. 342-45. Print. 3. Parker, James. “Our Zombies, Ourselves.” The Bedford Reader. 12th ed. N.p.: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013. 342-45. Print.