TV Club: The Vampire Diaries: “Because”

What does it mean to be human? The Vampire Diaries has dabbled with themes both human and monster over the years, often coming up with somewhat muddled conclusions when comparing the two. Much of this has to do with the concept of a vampire’s humanity switch, a sort-of magic emotional switch a vampire can turn on and off in order to avoid feeling human side of themselves and going full vampire. What’s always been a bit unsettling about the idea of this switch is the thought that to be human is equivalent to being humane, which has always seemed like a bit of a simplification—especially when the flipping of the humanity switch just seemed to give vampires more personality and a penchant for murder. Where does the line actually exist between where a human ends and a vampire begins?

When Caroline flipped her humanity switch in order …

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