Professor Sarah Thompson
September 23, 2016
ILA#4/Project Proposal “Are Zombies a Real Threat to Human-Kind? If so, why?”
Zombies are a relatively new creature that has been born from peoples fear of the dead. These creatures have been brought into the pop culture spot-light thanks to movie directors like George A. Romero presents this embodied fear as dead people that have been reanimated (1). These beings, may they be created from a viral outbreak, a severe exposure to radiation or even just the will of God, are nothing more than a human shell (1,3). They possess nothing that once made them human. There is one thing they do have though; they have their one singular drive: consume the flesh of humans and in doing so, spread their numbers (1,2,3). Though there is no current proof that zombies exist or that they ever will exist, it is safe to say that they would indeed be quite the threat to the survival of the human race in the case that they ever do come about existing.
Though there are multiple different types of zombies, with each different one being created or brought to life in its own unique way, each having unique purposes, and each having an easier or harder time completing their objective depending on what “universe” the zombie type is from (3). Most zombies, however, follow a lose set of parameters that make them what they are, which include the fact that they would be reanimated dead people that have a common viral infection that has either killed them or led to their deaths; the virus that they harbor gives the reanimated bodies the “spark” that is their “life” (1). Though they are not alive, the virus within them allows for their body to move and function as if it were still partially alive. In most cases of zombie outbreaks, the only way to deal with the flesh eaters (2) is to take out the brain; as stated previously, their virus allows for a small “spark” to keep the brain functioning, though the brain only functions enough to understand the basic instinct of hunger (2). The main problem with zombies, aside from their ability to spread an apocalyptic-tier virus that allows for them to spread their numbers like wildfire, is that they have an insatiable hunger, particularly a hunger for human flesh, especially the brain (2). Now, their hunger would not be so much of an issue if it were not for the fact that a normal human mouth is quite disgusting and are prone to causing terrible infections; one could only assume what ungodly infections that a zombie bite would cause. To top it off, zombies are not held back by pain; where humans would not use their full strength to, let us say, eat one another for fear and pain of ripping muscles and tendons, zombies lack that mentality as they have practically no functioning in their brain (2). Zombies are like people but on some serious crack.
Now, you may be asking yourself, “Why does it matter if this theoretical apocalypse causer is deadly? If it is just theoretical, then that means that there is no real threat.” Well, just because something does not exist right now, it does not mean it will not exist tomorrow. The zombie virus could be getting developed right now, and if that is the case, you need to know how dangerous these fiends really are. Whether you are faced with “Resident Evil” style zombies, or “Night of the Living Dead” zombies (1,3), you need to know what you are up against in order to survive the potential apocalyptic scenario.
- By the Fourth Film the Zombies Have Memories and Communicative Skills. “Romero Zombies.” Zombiepedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Sept. 2016.
- Smallwood, Karl. “Why Do Zombies Eat Brains.” Today I Found Out. N.p., 09 Dec. 2014. Web. 18 Sept. 2016.
- “Zombie.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 23 Sept. 2016.