Zombie Essays

Zombie Apocalypse

Students are required to write creative essays by their course instructors. A typical example of such an essay can be entitled zombie apocalypse. This article attempts to deconstruct a typical creative essay using the aforementioned title as an example to show the best approach and style to nail such an essay. First, you need a catch introduction and a thesis statement. A catchy introduction can be designed to capture the imagination of the audience and hook them to your essay. You can tap into the emotions of the audience and hook them to your essay by contextualizing them through imagination to be part of the uninfected humans during a zombie apocalypse. Then, gradually and coherently take them through the survival and aftermath of the apocalypse.

How to start an essay

A good thesis statement is necessary to inform the reader what to expect in the essay. It should be clear and unambiguous showing what the author ought to expect in the essay. Create a smooth transition to the body paragraphs while maintaining the attention of the author.

Example of a thesis statement:

“All this point to a zombie apocalypse, a thought flashes your mind on how to survive, find help, unite with other people and how this experience will change your life.”

Example of an introductory paragraph:

“Picture this: you went on a hiking trip to the mountains in the summer. After few days in the wood, you come home tired and thirsty. On arrival, you notice everything is oddly quiet and untidy, not to mention blood stains on the wall and the door. The door is also partly open and strangely quiet. You think it might have been a violent robbery. Tensed, you walk slowly to the door and push it gently. Everything is still intact other than a few broken utensils and untidy floor. You see your sister with blood stains walking through the door in tattered clothes and walking like a corpse.  Her hair is matted and hanging on her face, and her mouth in agape showing rotting teeth. You hear on the radio unfamiliar sound calling for any survivors to move to the town assembly centers. Your sister and grandma also come through the door dragging their feet lazily and stretching their hands to reach you. All this point to a zombie apocalypse, a thought flashes your mind on how to survive, find help, unite with other people and how this experience will change your life.”

How to write body paragraphs

These paragraphs carry the main content of the essay. Each paragraph has a topic sentence that explicitly and concisely highlights the main theme of the paragraph. Few support sentences follow to expound on the topic sentence. Support sentences ought to give vivid description of the story to create a mental picture in the mind of the reader. Ensure the sentences are short and unambiguous. Take the audience on an epic journey of how the world would transform under zombie apocalypse. Create a smooth transition from the introductory paragraph into the rest of the essay.

Body paragraph 1:

“You cannot be dreaming, it is a zombie apocalypse, and you have no family. You have to survive and find other uninfected people in the hope of surviving the apocalypse. You rush outside and see your lovely dog, (Pudsey) running to attack you with all signs showing she is also infected. You grab an axe and cut her head off. Now you are on your own, it may not be the zombie apocalypse you anticipated or foreseen, but you are in the middle of it. You will either be infected or make poor decisions on survival techniques and die. To survive, you need some weapons preferably a gun and enough ammunition, food, and water, means of communication like a radio to help you keep updated about other survivors and water. Clothes and a fortress to keep away those meat hungry creatures that you once knew as a family, friends, neighbors, teachers, etc. Most importantly, you need the will to survive, and that means you won’t hesitate to put a bullet through the head of these moving corpses if need be.”

A third paragraph can discuss some of the survival tools and techniques anyone would need in a zombie infested area. This gives the audience hope for their survival and glues them to your essay to uncover the way to survive. Create smooth transitions between these paragraphs and maintain the attention of the reader.

Body paragraph 2:

“A zombie apocalypse would have a huge ripple effect. Electricity and water supplies will be cut off, and thus you need to find a way to use lanterns at night and fetch water from the rivers and other freshwater sources. Be alert not to be infected through any consumable things like food and water. Take as much as imperishable food items as you can and keep your gun loaded all the time. Avoid lit areas these lifeless creatures are attracted to it, and they can spot you. Always make sure your fortress is impenetrable or seek refuge in the forest, but that brings a whole lot of new challenges. Keep looking for any signs of uninfected people and team up to increase your chances of survival and use any means necessary that can help other sentient humans notice you as you seek refuge.”

In the last body paragraph, show hope for the survivors. Show them you made it to safety and united with other survivors who are eager to rebuild the world. Show how the apocalypse changed the world and emboldened your optimism to rebuild your life. Since this sentence leads to the concluding paragraph, transit smoothly to wrap up the essay.

Body paragraph 3:

“Effect of this epidemic will be great and will last a couple of years. Assume you survive plus a handful of people, and you have sought refuge in a remote place. These lifeless creatures eventually die off due to extreme weather conditions and biological agents of decomposition. Starting to rebuild civilization would take many years and reconstituting an interdependent human society would likely be a far-fetched idea. Weaving the fabric torn by the extermination of billions of people would be almost an impossible fete. The memories and experiences you shared with your loved ones who you might have to kill to save yourself would be indelible. Resources would be abundant, but most won’t last a lifetime and creating the capacity to reinvent the told and human resource to live a normal life as we know it today would be a Herculean task.”

The conclusion should be concise and reconcile the mood and tone of the essay. This helps bring finality to the essay and avoid cliffhangers. Rewrite the thesis statement in other words to wrap the text. Summarize the main points of the essay in few sentences. Finish with an interesting sentence that gives the audience a take away thought about your essay.

How to conclude an essay on Zombie Apocalypse

The conclusion should be concise and reconcile the mood and tone of the essay. This helps bring finality to the essay and avoid cliffhangers. Rewrite the thesis statement in other words to wrap the text. Summarize the main points of the essay in few sentences. Finish with an interesting sentence that gives the audience a take away thought about your essay.

Example of conclusion paragraph:

“However, your will to survive must be unwavering because the survival of our species will weigh heavily on your shoulders. Find a farmhouse and restart life and bring forth new generations. These generations may not have experienced the apocalypse but they will feel its effect many hundred years to come, and you will book your space in history. Succinctly, it is impossible to adequately prepare for a zombie apocalypse, but this essay highlights some of the best practical means that can save your life. Remember not to die and help others if you can on your quest to survive. Though the thought of a zombie apocalypse might be ridiculous, just sit back and imagine; what if it happened, do you have what it takes to survive?”

About the Book

Growing from their early roots in Caribbean voodoo to their popularity today, zombies are epidemic. Their presence is pervasive, whether they are found in video games, street signs, hard drives, or even international politics. These eighteen original essays by an interdisciplinary group of scholars examine how the zombie has evolved over time, its continually evolving manifestations in popular culture, and the unpredictable effects the zombie has had on late modernity. Topics covered include representations of zombies in films, the zombie as environmental critique, its role in mass psychology and how issues of race, class and gender are expressed through zombie narratives. Collectively, the work enhances our understanding of the popularity and purposes of horror in the modern era.
Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

About the Author(s)

Stephanie Boluk is an assistant professor in Cinema and Digital Media and the English Department at University of California, Davis. She lives in Oakland, California.
Wylie Lenz is visiting assistant professor of English at Florida Southern College.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Stephanie Boluk and Wylie Lenz
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 268
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6140-0
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8673-1
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Contributions to Zombie Studies

Table of Contents

Introduction: Generation Z, the Age of Apocalypse

(Stephanie Boluk and Wylie Lenz)      1

Zombies as Internal Fear or Threat

(Kim Paffenroth)      18

White Zombie and the Creole: William Seabrook’s The Magic Island and American Imperialism in Haiti

(Gyllian Phillips)      27

The Origin of the Zombie in American Radio and Film: B- Horror, U.S. Empire, and the Politics of Disavowal

(Chris Vials)      41

The Eco-Zombie: Environmental Critique in Zombie Fiction

(Sarah Juliet Lauro)      54

Lost Bodies/Lost Souls: Night of the Living Dead and Deathdream as Vietnam Narrative

(Karen Randell)      67

Shambling Towards Mount Improbable to Be Born: American Evolutionary Anxiety and the Hopeful Monsters of Matheson’s I Am Legend and Romero’s Dead Films

(Sean Moreland)      77

Ztopia: Lessons in Post- Vital Politics in George Romero’s Zombie Films

(Tyson E. Lewis)      90

Soft Murders: Motion Pictures and Living Death in Diary of the Dead

(Randy Laist)      101

Mass Psychology and the Analysis of the Zombie: From Suggestion to Contagion

(Phillip Mahoney)      113

Gray Is the New Black: Race, Class, and Zombies

(Aalya Ahmad)      130

Cyberpunk and the Living Dead

(Andrea Austin)      147

The End Begins: John Wyndham’s Zombie Cozy

(Terry Harpold)      156

Zombies in a “Deep, Dark Ocean of History”: Danny Boyle’s Infected and John Wyndham’s Triffids as Metaphors of Postwar Britain

(Nicole LaRose)      165

Dead and Live Life: Zombies, Queers, and Online Sociality

(Shaka McGlotten)      182

The E- Dead: Zombies in the Digital Age

(Brendan Riley)      194

A Brain Is a Terrible Thing to Waste: Isolation U. and the Campus Zombie

(Brian Greenspan)      206

Rhetoric Goes Boom(er): Agency, Networks, and Zombies at Play

(Scott Reed)      219

The National Strategy for Zombie Containment: Myth Meets Activism in Post–9/11 America

(Christopher Zealand)      231

About the Contributors      249

Index      253

Book Reviews & Awards

“demonstrates that zombies, as a field, has the heft to sustain serious academic inquiry…contributes to the field because it links zombies to some of the foundational questions of modernity and specifically the instability of many modernity’s assumptions…a fun and engaging critical field to a casual reader or students of cultural studies…many of these essays make important claims…Zombie experts should take note…. most interesting…This collection provides a range of exciting lines of flight and ample evidence that zombies are, and have long been, an important trope in the articulation of anxieties related to our globalist future.”—Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts; “zombies have come to stand for everything from conformity and consumerism to dangerous science and the military industrial complex… fertile ground here for those of us who like to deconstruct pop-culture and seek out all the hidden undercurrents…extremely literary essays that investigate a series of thought provoking topics…very interesting…fascinating…extremely engaging and thought provoking”—Bricks of the Dead; “collects some academic perspectives on z-horror, including zombie origins, environmental contagion, living-dead crowd psychology, and zombies on campus”—C&RL News; “presents 16 essays that examine the zombie’s evolution, continually evolving manifestations in popular culture and effects on modernity. Topics include the zombie in film, zombie as environmental critique and issues of race, class and gender”—CBQ.

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