Vampire Diaries inspires student debate (Ceci Barrientos)
Vampire Diaries inspires student debate

Ceci Barrientos

Battle of the Better Brother

November 16, 2021

Damon Deserves the Girl

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Those who have watched The Vampire Diaries have experienced, first hand, the constant change of opinion of the Salvatore brothers.

Throughout the course of the show, the main character, Elena Gilbert, finds herself in multiple situations regarding which man she should choose. Therefore, this question in TV fandom arises: Who is the better man? Stefan or Damon? While many fans side with Stefan because he was initially presented as “the good brother” for being selfless, Damon Salvatore becomes a more compassionate and generally a better person as the seasons continue.

Prior to meeting Elena, Damon was viewed as Stefan’s sinister, cold-hearted older brother. However, as their friendship intensified, it became clear that he had a soft spot for her, foreshadowing that she could steer him away from his remorseless, cruel characteristics.

“I am team Damon all the way because he one hundred percent had the most character development out of anyone on the show,” junior Katie Bilbao said.

When with Elena, Damon Salavatore became the best version of himself while still maintaining his redeeming qualities. His impulsive actions make Elena feel alive, and their overwhelming chemistry exceeds the tenderness and monotony of her relationship with Stefan. Damon is the better man for her because they share passion and electrify each other.
Not only is Damon the better man for Elena, but overall the better brother. First of all, Stefan is the character that forcefully and selfishly turns his brother into a homicidal vampire so that he will not be alone in the future.

Although Damon could hold him accountable for all of his murders afterwards, he specifically says “My actions, what I do, it’s not your fault. I own them. They belong to me. You are not allowed to feel my guilt,” proving that he does not blame Stefan for turning him into a killer, when he can rightfully do so.

Damon is the better man and brother because no matter what downward spiral his brother goes through, he never gives up on him. Contradictorily, Stefan gives up on him multiple times. For instance, when Damon is presumed dead, but in reality ends up in a prison world, his younger brother moves on as if it were nothing and shuts everyone out.

Damon is, evidently, the better brother and man for Elena. Due to his spontaneous and compassionate aspects, he displays his love for the two people he loves the most, his girl and his brother. The alteration of his malicious attributes to a more benevolent and protective character makes him the better man.

Stefan Saves the Day

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Sometimes we really connect to TV characters and this inspires intense debate. The CW show The Vampire Diaries is the newswest show teens are streaming on Netflix and everyone has an opinion on which brother is best.

The debate between whether Stefan or Damon is better is a common argument between people my age.

Stefan has always been the better brother. Not only is Stefan significantly more attractive, he is also a better person. He is Loyal to Elena during their relationship and he is always there for his friends and family when needed.

To begin with, Stefan and Elena were and still are one of the most iconic relationships on TV, and for a good reason. Stefan is always helping Elena, sometimes even too much. He constantly saves her and her friends from dangerous situations like, when she and Matt accidentally drove off of Wickery Bridge and into the lake underneath.

According to senior Olivya Fundora, a senior and avid fan of Stefan Salvatore, “Stefan was way better to Elena than Damon was”.

Even though Stefan and Damon are brothers and over 100 years old, Elena is the brothers main point of argument in season 4 of the show, fighting over who loves Elena more while Stefan is completely oblivious of the fact that Elena has already chosen Damon while he was dead at the bottom of a lake. Even though Elena does not choose Stefan, Stefan never treats her any differently. Stefan still takes care of any issues she has and even sacrifices himself at the end of the series for her and her friends.

While Damon uses his vampiric side effects for bad, Stefan always tries to use them for good or not use them at all. Stefan uses his advantages like his blood to help cure his hurt friends or uses his memory wipe as a way to help others get out of bad situations.

Stefan eventually has to get over his love for Elena. He marries Caroline towards the end of the show and takes care of her kids like they are his own, Stefan will always be the better brother.

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