Dracula Dracula: the very name instantly brings to mind visions of vampires, stakes, garlic and crucifixes. In today’s society vampires have come to be seen as misunderstood supernatural beings, whereas in the 1800’s, they were seen as demonic creatures. Dracula is set during this time; a time where religion and superstition are integral part of society. The horror starts with a solicitor and young Englishman named Jonathan Harker who travels to Transylvania to help a rich nobleman notoriously known as Count Dracula, purchase an estate in England. His journey into the remote Carpathian Mountains is fearsome, the superstitious peasants spread rumors that frighten him although he refuses to admit it. Warnings to flee and go back add to his uncertainty and is affirmed even more when he is handed a crucifix. He feels even worse when his journey goes on. In the night, Jonathan hears wolves howling and his gruesome coachman makes him anxious. When he finally arrives at the castle Jonathan is more than relieved, though this feeling of comfort does not last long. Initially he is charmed by the Count's generosity and intelligence. Gradually he realizes that there is something weird about the Count, something wrong and unnatural. He notices many strange things there, including Dracula’s non-reflective appearance, lack of appetite, cold skin, and sharp teeth. Eventually he realizes he is a prisoner and tries to escape. Meanwhile, back in England, Harker's fiancée, Mina, is worried and to keep at ease she spends time with her friend Lucy, who later on gets bitten. Word comes from Budapest that Jonathan has been found, but is sick with brain fever. He can not recall anything of his travels in Transylvania. Mina goes to nurse him back to health and to help him make the trip back to England. After that many mysterious attacks against children have begun in the area where Lucy was buried. With the help of friends they set out on an adventure to capture Dracula. One of the main themes of Dracula, is religion; more specifically Christianity and the battle of good versus evil. Right away when Jonathan is traveling to Count Dracula’s castle a woman stops Jonathan and “. . . taking a crucifix from her neck, she offered it to me.” The weapons used against the vampires in this story are garlic, stakes, and beheadings, and defenses and cures such as blood transfusions, crucifixes, and medicine. The crucifix acts as a defense against vampires while also having the power to make the wearer feel protected. An example of the crucifix protecting the wearer, is with the interaction between Dracula and Jonathan when he cuts himself shaving. “When the Count saw my face, his eyes blazed with a sort of demonic fury, and he suddenly made a grab at my throat. I drew away, and his hand touched the string of beads which held the crucifix. It made an instant change in him, for the fury passed so quickly that I could hardly believe that it was ever there.” Garlic is…
Stokers, Dracula, which was published in 1897, and the modern day vampires, such as Twilight’s most beloved, Edward Cullen. This illustrates how our view on vampires in our culture is continually evolving from year to year; therefore, I want to explore the significant transformations that the vampire has undertaken as well as the moral rise from feared villain of mythology to a dark hero of modern fiction and its continuing popularity as an icon of popular culture.
With books such as Dracula, Carmilla…
Many people would say that “Dracula” is the ultimate vampire novel. Although this is a matter of opinion, it has to have some credibility due to the fact it is such a widely accepted idea. In efforts to verify this claim, one must understand the history of the vampire. “Dracula” was written from the influences of many short stories. Dracula’s appearance and behaviors can be seen in the evolution of the vampire, through the works of Lord Byron, John Polidori and Johann Tieck. These great works provided…
Stetson University this past weekend put on the play Dracula which was originally written in 1899. Their interpretation of this play was astounding, and had the audience interested for the entirety of the play. I would have preferred to see the play twice to see the difference but I was out of town. Certain actors and actresses were amazing while others were overplaying there part. Never the less it was a very well put on play.
The actress who played Ren on Sunday was an amazing actress. She truly…
which proposed to her.!
Dr seewards dairy shares his emotion of feeling
low since his rejection by Lucy although his work
Quincy's letter to Arthur is a brief invitation to
dinner party, Arthurs reply through telegram being ‘’Count me in every time’’.!
1. Sense of mystery/dislocation - Use of letters: ‘’He and i sometimes write letters in shorthand’’
2. Good vs Evil - Lucy and Mina represent purity, goodness and harmless as they write to…
The Truth behind Dracula
Many read the extremely popular “Dracula” by Bram Stoker and see a story of a blood sucking monster that terrorizes people, but this story goes far deeper than what can be seen at first glance. “Dracula” is actually a story about the taboos of sexuality and homosexuality, and general foreign ethnic influences that are being imposed on and infiltrating Victorian England. This story was actually written in a way that just barely avoided the discrimination of the extremely…
The typical description of a woman has drastically changed from what is was decades ago. The transition from the man having the major role and the women underlaying in the background to her having a more distinct role in the story. The different depictions of the woman in different decades also has to do with how they are seen. If they are not the typical woman, they are looked down upon by the men. This transition to a "new woman" is seen in Bram Stoker's famous, Dracula. The two…
The Blood in Dracula
It’s the vital life ingredient that pumps through the heart and circulates the body. When this precious fluid escapes the body life could cease. It’s connection to vampires is obvious and helps drive the horror. In Bram Stoker’s Dracula, takes blood to a new level and makes this powerful symbol represent something more than anyone could imagine.
From a mythical view blood…
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Dracula in a Feminist Light
There are several different ways of looking at the novel
, by Bram Stoker, written
during the Victorian Period. Judging the book with a feminist lens enables the reader to realize
how sexist the views were amidst this period in history. During the Victorian Period, standards
regarding ladylike behavior were very limiting and disregarded women’s expression of natural
emotion. The expectations to which women were held was naive…
Literary Analysis Dracula
Bram Stoker published Dracula in 1897. He wrote Dracula in a series of letters and journal entries, called an epistolary novel (“BookRags”). The main characters wrote journal entries from their unique point of view. This style of writing made the novel a personal experience as it was written in first person from several different characters’ accounts of the story “(SparkNotes”).
Dracula is labeled a Gothic novel, and some have called it a Gothic romance (“BookRags”)…
streets, waterways, recurring rainy weather, interesting European architecture, and mystique, London is the perfect location for Bram Stoker's Dracula. London: The capital of Great Britain, and the center of attention in the nineteenth century, due to the many incidents that were going on at the time. The novel includes many daunting scenes, such as when Dracula heaves a sack withholding a deceased child before three female vampires. It is no surprise why he choose London to be the setting of his novel…