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Assignment One Observation of “The Vampire Diaries”

Description of Location “The Vampire Diaries” takes place in many different places, but the main setting is in the town of Mystic Falls, Virginia. Mystic Falls is a small historic town that has been around since the Civil War times. In this town, the main hang-out spot is “The Grille.” It is a restaurant and bar where everyone hangs out with their friends. Many of the actors also come here to find out important information. They do this because being in public provides extra safety if they are consulting an enemy. Another important location is the Salvatore home. In season 5, this home is inhabited by Damon and Stefan Salvatore, Elena and Jeremy Gilbert, and also Katherine. Because of this, the house is the focal point of a lot of action.

Commented [JD1]: Add a little more detail. Maybe give some details about the characters listed in this paragraph.

Rules and Behaviors Accepted Since this is a show with vampires, killing is expected to happen. It is acceptable to kill vampires, werewolves, witches, or supernatural beings that pose a threat to the lives of the main characters and humans. The murder of innocent humans, however, is not accepted. It is only expected because some of the vampires feed off of humans. When it comes to communication, any present day technology is acceptable because the show is set in present day. This includes cell phones, emails, and social media. Face to face communication is also utilized during the show. The concept of sharing a lover is also accepted in this figured world. In the series, Stefan and Damon both have a relationship with Katherine and Elena. In reality, this behavior is not accepted at all because it is disrespectful. However, it is the main conflict during the series.

Commented [JD2]: This section talks about different discourse communities throughout the show.

Actors: People who play significant roles within a figured world Elena Gilbert: A teenage girl who falls in love with a vampire, and eventually becomes a vampire herself. Jeremy Gilbert: Elena’s brother, vampire hunter, boyfriend of Elena’s best friend Bonnie Stefan Salvatore: Vampire, ex-boyfriend of Elena, ex-lover of Katherine, Damon’s brother Damon Salvatore: Current boyfriend of Elena, Stefan’s brother, ex-lover of Katherine Katherine Petrova: ex-lover of Damon and Stefan, Elena’s doppelganger Caroline Forbes: best friend of Elena, vampire, sheriff’s daughter
Commented [JD3]: Explain what a doppelganger is. It could be a discourse community. Commented [JD4R3]:

Bonnie Bennett: Elena’s best friend, Jeremy’s girlfriend, witch Aaron Whitmore: Elena’s college friend, owner of Whitmore University, nephew of a vampire hunter Wes: uncle of Aaron, vampire hunter/torturer, college professor Enzo: friend of Damon, vampire who was tortured along with Damon, was left to die in a fire in the 1900s

Artifacts: Physical items or feelings that are important to the actors in this figured world. Vervain: the most prominent artifact in the show, used as a tranquilizer for vampires and can burn their skin to the touch. Safe: Stefan was locked in this safe by his doppelganger and drowned at the bottom of the quarry for 3 months, it’s the source of his PTSD. Enzo: Damon’s source of sanity while they were imprisoned, he is also the reason for Damon’s guilt since he left Enzo to die.

Discourse Communities: Groups that share common interests and common ways of communicating in the figured world. Elena and Aaron: This discourse community works because both of them have had familial losses. This commonality makes it easy for them to talk to one another. Stefan and Katherine: Stefan and Katherine used to be lovers, so there is a strong connection between them. Enzo and Damon: Damon met Enzo in the 1950s when he was captured and put in a torture facility. They were a part of the Augustine experiments, where vampires are tortured and experimented on in order to gain more information on how their bodies work. Their cells were next to each other and they became really good friends. Literacy Practices: Different ways of communication while in the figured world. This includes written and spoken communication, as well and verbal and nonverbal communication. Cell phones: Since the show is set in present day Virginia, cell phones are the major tools used for communication. Face-to-Face: For the actors that do not have cell phones, they communicate by meeting in person. These meetings can either be arranged through other actors, or they can happen by chance.
Commented [JD5]: Try and find more literacy practices. It is possible that there are more.

Observation One: “The Vampire Diaries” Season 5 Episode 9 Monday, January 27, 2014 Time: 2:00pm – 2:42pm *This observation will have to be redone at a later date*

Commented [JD6]: Observation #1 needs to be redone. It is confusing.

2:02- Vervain is used on Damon. Vervain is a major artifact in the series. This herb is toxic to all vampires. It can be used as a tranquilizer, and it burns their skin whenever they touch it. This is the best way to get the upper-hand when dealing with vampires. In this episode, it is used on Damon and Elena to transport them to a facility where they will be tortured by a vampire hunter named Wes. 2:05- Elena and Aaron: One of the discourse communities in this episode includes Elena and Aaron. Aaron is the nephew of Wes. He and Elena are similar because they have both lost most of their family, including their parents. They have only one relative that they interact with, Aaron’s uncle Wes and Elena’s younger brother Jeremy. Elena uses this similarity to befriend Aaron so that she can gain information about Wes and her father, who worked with Wes. 2:10- The safe: This safe is an artifact because it has a powerful control over Elena’s vampire ex boyfriend Stefan. He gets locked inside the safe by his doppelganger Silas and placed at the bottom of a quarry, where he drowned over and over for three months. After Stefan is found, he begins to suffer from PTSD and have dreams about him drowning in the safe. In this episode, Elena’s best friend Caroline uses the safe as a tool to cure his PTSD. 2:14-Enzo and Damon: Another discourse community found includes Enzo and Damon. This episode provides a flashback as to how they met. Damon and Enzo met in the 1900s after Damon was captured and placed in the vampire torture facility. They had cells adjacent to each other. Enzo helped Damon maintain his sanity and survive the 5 years he spent there, which is why Enzo is also an artifact. However, Enzo is also significant because he was left to die when Damon escaped. Damon felt guilty about this and never told anyone about it until he ended up in the facility again with Elena. 2:29- Stefan and Katherine: Katherine is Elena’s doppelganger and she used to be Stefan’s lover. In this episode, Katherine is the person that gets through to Stefan to help him with his PTSD. She has a closer connection to Stefan than Caroline does and Katherine also has no problem telling others what they need to hear. In order to get through to him, Katherine locks herself in the safe with Stefan to show him that the safe isn’t the problem. His real issue is the fact that Elena broke up with him.

Observation #2 of “The Vampire Diaries”

Actors Elena Gilbert: A teenage girl who falls in love with a vampire, and eventually becomes a vampire herself. Jeremy Gilbert: Elena’s brother, vampire hunter, boyfriend of Elena’s best friend Bonnie Stefan Salvatore: Vampire, ex-boyfriend of Elena, ex-lover of Katherine, Damon’s brother Damon Salvatore: Current boyfriend of Elena, Stefan’s brother, ex -lover of Katherine Katherine Petrova: ex-lover of Damon and Stefan, Elena’s doppelganger Nadia Petrova: Katherine’s daughter, Traveler Caroline Forbes: best friend of Elena, vampire, sheriff’s daughter Bonnie Bennett: Elena’s best friend, Jeremy’s girlfriend, witch Aaron Whitmore: Elena’s college friend, owner of Whitmore University, nephew of a vampire hunter Wes: uncle of Aaron, vampire hunter/torturer, college professor Enzo: friend of Damon, vampire who was tortured along with Damon, was left to die in a fire in the 1900s Matt Donovan: ex-boyfriend of Elena, Best friend of Tyler (Caroline’s ex -boyfriend) Artifacts Enzo: Damon’s source of sanity while they were imprisoned, he is also the reason for Damon’s guilt since he left Enzo to die. Nadia: When Nadia was taken away from Katherine after she was born, that loss became Katherine’s motivation for fighting for what she wanted. No w that Nadia has returned, she is Katherine’s motivation for staying alive. The Gilbert Medical Clinic: Elena’s dad owned this clinic and as a little girl she used to wander into the basement. Her father secretly experimented in this basement.

Commented [JD7]: Good description of the actors.

Discourse Communities Stefan and Damon: Stefan tends to feel guilty for all of the bad things that happen to his friends and family. Because of this, Damon hid the fact that he was tortured for 5 years.

Katherine and Nadia: Nadia is one of the few people in Kather ine’s life that can convince her to do the right thing. This is because Katherine is trying to learn how to be a good mother. Elena and Damon: Elena always tries to see the good in everything. Even though she knows that Damon killed almost every person in the Whitmore family, she disregards that because he was tortured. Damon feels that she constantly defends all of his actions and this upsets him.

Literacy Practices Cell phones: Since the show is set in present day Virginia, cell phones are the major tools used for communication. Face-to-Face: For the actors that do not have cell phones, they communicate by meeting in person. These meetings can either be arranged through other actors, or they can happen by chance.

Observation #2: “The Vampire Diaries” Season 1 Episode 10 Monday, February 3, 2014 Time: 1:45pm- 2:30pm

Commented [JD8]: Add pictures to the observations to help visualize the show.

1:45- Damon is in his cell, which is in a torture chamber underneath Whitmore House ant Whitmore College. He punches the wall until he breaks off a piece of stone. He then reaches for a wooden bullet that Aaron dropped while threatening Damon and Elena. He puts the bullet in the lock and bashes it in, breaking open the door to the cell. 1:49- Katherine wakes up in Stefan’s bed after having slept with him the night before. She sees a piece of hair that has fallen out of her head and leaves the room, waking Stefan up in the process. 1:51- Damon comes home after escaping his cell and sees Katherine leaving. He asks her if she has seen Elena, who was taken from her cell. She says no and proceeds to tell Damon that she and Stefan slept together. Then she leaves the house.

1:52- Elena wakes up on a stretcher in a basement that seems to be familiar to her. She has small flashbacks of her as a little girl playing in the basement. Wes notices that she is awake and administers anesthesia to her, putting her back to sleep, before running more tests on her. 1:53- Damon and Stefan go out to find someone to help them look for Elena and they find Aaron. Damon threatens to kill him if he doesn’t tell Damon what he wants to know and Aaron tries to run away, but Stefan stops him and tells him to have a seat. 1:54- Wes has Elena plugged up to a machine that is draining her blood. While this is happening, Wes tries to make Elena believe that Damon is a horrible person for killing almost all of the Whitmore family. He also shows her a journal written by her father and tells her that he learned everything he knows from her dad. 1:56- Stefan and Damon are still trying to get information from Aaron. 1:57- Elena realizes that she is in the basement of her father’s medical clinic after having several flashbacks. Damon and Stefan make Aaron call Wes to tell him that he’s being held captive and will die if Damon and Stefan don’t get Elena back. Wes then proceeds to wake up Enzo, the cell mate that Damon left for dead back in the 50s, so that he can find Damon and get revenge. 1:59- Katherine and Matt are in the woods. Matt is helping Katherine train so that she can regain her strength. 2:00- Nadia shows up in the woods, a result of Matt calling her, and slaps Katherine across the face because she tried to kill herself without saying goodbye. 2:01- Damon finally tells Stefan that he was tortured for 5 years as a part of the Augustine experiments. 2:03- Katherine tells Nadia that she wants the chance to be forgiven for all of the bad things that she has done before she dies. Nadia then tells her that she knows a way to help her live longer. 2:06- Elena has a flashback of her as a little girl going to find her ball that she let roll into the basement. 2:07- Wes tells Elena that he sent Enzo to find Damon with the intent to kill him. 2:08- Stefan, Damon, and Aaron arrive at Wes’ classroom to look for him, but instead they find Enzo waiting for them. He introduces himself to Stefan and Aaron. 2:10- Enzo starts to tell the story of his time in his cell and meeting Damon. 2:11- Elena finds out that her father knew her deceased former roommate Meghan and her family.

Commented [JD9]: Good job describing when there are flashbacks.

2:13- Aaron has just finished talking to Wes. Wes won’t set Elena free and this takes the attention away from Enzo and his story. So, he picks up a chair and throws it across a room to focus the attention back on him. 2:15- Enzo leaves the room to find something to drink and Damon tries to kill Aaron again. However, Aaron says that he has some information that may help them find Elena. Enzo comes back and lets Stefan and Aaron leave, but makes Damon stay. 2:16- Nadia suggests that Katherine use spirit possession as a way to live longer. Katherine also reveals that her goal is to gain Stefan’s forgiveness. 2:17- Damon tries to convince Enzo to work together to stop Wes from torturing other vampires, but he refuses. Then, he throws Damon out of a window. They get into a small fight and Enzo desiccates in Damon’s arms. 2:18- Aaron and Stefan arrive at Aaron’s dorm room and he pulls out a gun to try to shoot Stefan. Stefan stops him and threatens to kill him. Aaron then tells Stefan to go ahead and kill him because it’s what Damon wants, since he was killing almost every member of the Whitmore family. Stefan lets him go and he gives him all of the information he has on the Augustine experiments. 2:19- Elena has the same flashback of when she was little and then she wakes up. Wes then tells her that he has made a compound that will make vampires feed on their own kind and that she will be the first test subject. 2:20- Stefan finds Elena before Wes injects her with the compound and Elena head-butts Wes and knocks him out. 2:21- Enzo wakes up in a room with Damon. He gave Enzo the antidote to cure his desiccation. Enzo then tries to attack Damon shoves his hand into Enzo’s chest and grabs his heart, but he doesn’t pull it out. He lets Enzo go after explaining that he had to turn off his humanity in order to save himself. 2:25- Elena is safe at home and reading her dad’s journal when Damon walks in. She explains to Damon that she thinks her father used vampire blood to help the sick. They get into an argument when Damon accuses Elena of constantly defending him for his bad behavior. He then breaks up with her. 2:28- Stefan walks into his room and sees Katherine looking at herself in the mirror and noticing her wrinkles. She wanted to talk about the night before, when they slept together, and how she wants forgiveness. Stefan tells her that he can’t just forgive her for all the things that she’s done in the 147 years that he’s known her. 2:30- Aaron finds Wes still passed out in the basement of the medical clinic. He tells Wes that he doesn’t want to be involved with him anymore. Elena takes her dad’s journal and throws it

into the fire. Katherine calls Nadia to tell her that she wants to do the spell to transfer her spirit into another person, but she has a heart attack while on the phone and passes out.

Observation #3 of “The Vampire Diaries” Actors Elena Gilbert: A teenage girl who falls in love with a vampire, and eventually becomes a vampire herself. Jeremy Gilbert: Elena’s brother, vampire hunter, boyfriend of Elena’s best friend Bonnie Stefan Salvatore: Vampire, ex-boyfriend of Elena, ex-lover of Katherine, Damon’s brother Damon Salvatore: Current boyfriend of Elena, Stefan’s brother, ex -lover of Katherine Katherine Petrova: ex-lover of Damon and Stefan, Elena’s doppelganger Nadia Petrova: Katherine’s daughter, Traveler Caroline Forbes: best friend of Elena, vampire, sheriff’s daughter Bonnie Bennett: Elena’s best friend, Jeremy’s girlfriend, witch Aaron Whitmore: Elena’s college friend, owner of Whitmore University, nephew of a vampire hunter Wes: uncle of Aaron, vampire hunter/torturer, college professor Enzo: friend of Damon, vampire who was tortured along with Damon, was left to die in a fire in the 1900s Matt Donovan: ex-boyfriend of Elena, Best friend of Tyler (Caroline’s ex -boyfriend) Sheriff Forbes: Caroline’s mom, the sheriff of Mystic Falls Klaus Michelson: One of the original vampires, hybrid of werewolf and vampire, hunted Katherine for centuries. Although he is an enemy, sometimes he works together with the good people. Rebekah Michelson: Sister to Klaus, had a short “fling” with Matt. She is an enemy but also works together with the good people. Elijah Michelson: Klaus and Rebekah’s brother, former lover of Katherine.

Artifacts The Syringes of medicine: These syringes make it easier for Katherine to die in peace, even though she doesn’t die. Katherine’s memories: They show Katherine as an innocent 17 year old girl who had her child taken away from her and her entire family killed. These memories have haunted her, but Stefan uses them to bring her peace. Safe: The same safe that Stefan was trapped in for 3 months is the same one used to trap Matt.

Discourse Communities Stefan and Damon: Stefan tends to feel guilty for all of the bad things that happen to his friends and family. Because of this, Damon hid the fact that he was tortured for 5 years. Katherine and Nadia: Nadia is one of the few people in Katherine’s life th at can convince her to do the right thing. This is because Katherine is trying to learn how to be a good mother.

Literacy Practices Cell phones: Since the show is set in present day Virginia, cell phones are the major tools used for communication. Face-to-Face: For the actors that do not have cell phones, they communicate by meeting in person. These meetings can either be arranged through other actors, or they can happen by chance.

Observation #3: The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 11 Monday, February 3, 2014 Time: 3:20pm- 4:02pm

Commented [JD10]: Good Observation!

3:21- There’s a flashback to the day that Katherine gave birth to her baby. This is in Bulgaria in the 1400s. In present day, Katherine is in the hospital being revived by doctors because she had a heart attack. 3:24- Damon is found at the bar drunk after his break up with Elena. Jeremy and Matt find him and they leave the bar. Elena is lying in the bed in her dorm room. Caroline and Bonnie bring Elena a “break up breakfast”. 3:26- Damon, Jeremy, and Matt start a drinking game where they toast to every bad thing that Katherine has done to them and her impending death. Elena, Caroline, and Bonnie show up a minute later and they join in on the game. 3:27- Katherine is in the bed, weak from the medicine that the doctors gave her. Stefan is sitting on the bed and talking with her. He is trying to show her a lot of compassion because she is dying. 3:28- Matt is sent to go and find more bourbon. Nadia somehow sneaks into the house and knocks Matt out. 3:30- Nadia walks into the room with everyone else and asks them to help her save her mother. In order to persuade them, she says that she buried Matt in a safe underground without the ring that can bring him back to life if he dies. 3:32- Caroline, Bonnie, and Jeremy start their search for Matt. While they are looking, Caroline finds out that Jeremy and Bonnie slept together. 3:33- Flashback: In 1492, Katherine finds her entire family slaughtered by Klaus. Damon then appears in the memory and tortures her by making her feel as if her family’s death is entirely her fault. 3:35- Damon is shown holding a pillow over Katherine’s head because he was going to suffocate her, but Sheriff Forbes walks in and stops him. Klaus appears in the woods to talk to Caroline. 3:37- Nadia lures Stefan and Elena to a house in the woods so that they can talk to the Traveler that’s supposed to help Katherine. The Traveler puts a curse on Stefan and Elena so that they can get a bucket of doppelganger blood.

3:38- Klaus informs Caroline that he has come back to torture Katherine before she dies, since he had been hunting her for a long time. Caroline tells him to leave her alone and go back to New Orleans. 3:40- Another flashback of Katherine’s first appearance in Mystic Falls. This is where she sees Stefan for the first time. His carriage has broken down and a gentleman is helping him as Katherine’s carriage passes by. 3:42- Klaus’ sister Rebekah saves Matt from the safe. Damon continues to torture Katherine by making her see some of the people that she hurt, including Elena’s aunt Jenna, her uncle John, and Elijah, Klaus’ brother and Katherine’s former lover. 3:44- While Damon is torturing Katherine, Nadia shows up and breaks Damon’s neck in order to talk to Katherine. Katherine tells her that she doesn’t want to do the spell to put her spirit in someone else’s body. Nadia gets angry and storms off just as Damon wakes up. 3:46- After Stefan and Elena have given the Travelers all of the blood that they want, they leave the house and go back home. 3:48- Klaus tells Caroline that he wants her to tell him the truth about her feelings for him. He knows that there is a connection between them and he wants to talk about it. 3:51- Klaus and Caroline have sex in the woods. 3:54- Stefan walks into Katherine’s room just as Damon is leaving. Katherine’s mind drifts back to the memory of seeing her family slaughtered. Stefan appears in the memory and tries to give her peace before she dies. He makes all of the bodies disappear, and he allows her to see her newborn baby. 3:56- Stefan and Damon are sitting on the roof while they are waiting on Katherine to die. Stefan convinces Damon to try and win Elena back because he knows that she makes Damon a better person. 3:58- Tyler, Caroline’s ex-boyfriend and Matt’s best friend, shows up at the Salvatore house as a “parting gift” to Matt. 4:00- Katherine dies, and since Bonnie is the anchor to the “other side” for supernatural beings and Katherine is a doppelganger, she sees Katherine’s ghost. However, Katherine is not ready to die and she wills herself to come back to life. When she does, she finds Elena in her room. Elena was going to give a goodbye speech. She then proceeds to give Katherine her forgiveness. 4:02- Katherine asks Elena to give her one last syringe with her medicine. As Elena puts the syringe in Katherine’s arm, Katherine does the Traveler spell and puts her spirit in Elena’s body. Nadia calls Elena and does a spell to bring Kat herine’s spirit forth. Katherine mow has full control of Elena’s body.

Interview with Meric Peters: Fellow Vampire Diaries Fan 1. Which character do you share the most in common with? How so? “I identify most with Caroline because we are both outspoken when it comes to our opinions, we both fight for what we want, and we are loyal to our friends.” 2. How do you feel about Katherine Pierce? Will she ever change her ways? “At first, after the episode where she realized her age was catching up with her, it seems s he was starting to change her ways. This episode featured her saying sorry to multiple people and gave flashbacks of her life and why she was so horrible. However, the end of the episode provided a reason for all of the above: she wanted to possess Elena, effectively killing her. She is a terrible person who always has another motive and is full of schemes and lies.” 3. Which characters would you say have the best relationship? The worst relationship? “I feel that Stefan and Damon have the best relationship. Over the centuries of their existence, there have been many fights and arguments, but even while these took place they were always ready to do anything for each other. As for the worst relationship, I feel that Katherine has the worst relationship with everyone else. She has done so many horrible things to people and ruined their lives. She isn’t fully trusted by anyone.” 4. In your opinion, which item/ideal holds the most importance/power: vervain (poisonous substance to vampires), love, or fear? “I would consider fear as the thing that holds the most power over the characters. All of their actions (questionable or not) have pretty much been motivated by fear. For example, Damon breaking up with Elena over fear of corrupting her, and Katherine murdering thousands of people over fear of dying.” 5. Predict what will happen between Elena and Damon. “Upon finding out that Katherine is in Elena’s body, Damon will realize that Elena never broke up with him and will do everything in his power to reverse the situation. This will, if Elena’s soul is restored, strengthen their relationship for the future.”

Commented [JD11]: Add another interview to go above and beyond. Think about interviewing a character.