A Drink of Blood
When most people hear the name “Dracula”, they are usually thinking of an evil monster saying bleh bleh bleh bleh bleh. While this is partially true, there is much more to Dracula. Count Dracula is a feared vampire who lives in a mysterious castle in Transylvania. The elements of a vampire story are what truly create this novel and its themes. In Bram Stoker’s Dracula, there are several essential elements of a vampire story that are discovered through characterization and setting to establish the melancholy tone of this bloodsucking story.
There is always something that gives people chills down their spines and goosebumps on their arms. Every vampire story must have an old man who symbolizes society’s problems. In this …show more content…
This innocent girl turns into such a monster that her friends realize that they have to kill her in order to save her; “But if she die in truth, then all cease; the tiny wounds of the throats disappear, and they go back to their plays unknowing ever of what has been. But the most blessed of all, when this now Un-Dead be made to rest as true dead, then the soul of the poor lady whom we love shall again be free” (Stoker 230). The vampire bite transformed Lucy into a person that no one would have imagined she would be. Along with that, there is an example to tell how Lucy’s behavior becomes strange. Moreover, Count Dracula takes the innocent young and with his selfishness, ruins them forever. After being bitten and some time has passed, Lucy, is able to move again; “I feel so happy to-night. I have been so miserably weak, that to be able to think and move about is like feeling sunshine after a long spell of east wind out of a steel sky.” (Stoker 136). Stoker once again makes an even stronger case for demonstrating how Lucy was manipulated until her death. Destruction and Dracula are synonymous, as he takes the innocence without pause and with great selfishness, until his victim becomes what he is and is not free again without death.
Eternal life is sought after by the old and has been for all of time. In a vampire story, immortality is the holy grail of the wicked old man. The Count seeks to be young forever, but to do this he must destroy lives without
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Dracula is a horror vampire novel written by Bram Stoker. It starts off with Harker's journey from England to Europe to deal with business that Renfield had failed to finish. Harker meets the Count and stays with him for a while. While he is there he notices how trapped he feels in the castle. He is starting to notice very strange things happening around the castle. Once he realizes he is trapped he tries to escape. He does this successfully. Dracula first takes Lucy under his spell. Mina wakes to find Lucy gone from her bed and goes to search for her. Mina finds her and says, ““when I told her to come at once with me home, she rose without a word, with the obedience of a child.” (Dracula, page 135). Mina is Harker's fiance that becomes Dracula's second innocent victim. Dracula takes Mina under his spell and she falls in love with
Since the beginning of time vampires have been categorized into different "types” and are portrayed in different ways throughout several books. This paper will focus on three vampires from the following books: Dracula by Bram Stoker, and I am Legend by Richard Matheson. Dracula is considered to be the traditional vampire, where it all started, and the vampires in Matheson’s book, follow somewhat Stoker’s concept, but is more of a modern “type” of vampires. Certain vampire elements have been presented, but others have been completely removed or altered. In addition, elements along with appearances are used to infer if the vampire is a form of “the other”. There are two types of vampires; the traditional or modern vampire which can be distinguished based on the elements present in their storyline.
Vampire: old, appealing, corrupt, grows younger after getting victims, leaves a mark on his victims (strips them of their youth, beauty, energy)
Within the novel, blood is used as a vital liquid for life. Not only for the humans, but for the vampires as well. Dracula drinks blood, a concept which is unnatural and horrific. He is the embodiment of evil within the novel, and supports himself on the blood of the living and the pure. Also, Lucy dies after having her blood taken from her. Lucy’s blood is drank by Dracula and she grows weak without it. By having her blood continuously drained from her, she is shown to “die” repeatedly. This lets the readers become acquainted with the undead before they ever meet an Undead Lucy. Finally, “The blood is the life!”, as Reinfield states. Reinfield is an unsettling character, and yearns for the blood of other organisms. He eats flies, spiders, sparrows, and nearly had a cat. After cutting open Dr.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a commonly referenced novel in modern society, a classic gothic story. From the count on sesame street to the likeable Cullen family of the series Twilight, Dracula has become the model for all modern vampire novels. Few people are aware though that Bram Stoker based Dracula off of a real person. Real life Dracula was not a vampire, however there are many connections both subtle and obvious between the horrifying character that Bram Stoker created and Vlad Tepes, prince of Wallachia, violent ruler of Transylvania. Specifically, there lies parallels between Dracula in Bram Stoker’s novel and Vlad Tepes in the origin and connotations of the name “Dracul”, their affinity for playing games with their victims, and their
Dracula by Bram Stoker is the original vampire book, the one that started it all. From it derived the now so beloved and famous teen-romance vampire genre, with novels like Twilight. However, Dracula is not remotely like the sparkle-in-the-sunlight, falling-in-love-with-mortals vampire any more than Harry Potter is like the Wicked Witch of the West. Dracula is a gothic horror novel set in Transylvania and England during the Victorian Era. Letters, diary entries, and newspaper clippings from the viewpoint of several characters tell the story, allowing for a wide variety of viewpoints that highlight happenings in Dracula as well as present the social issues pertained within. While it contains action, suspense, horror, and romance, it also displays the corruption within the everyday society. The way the women are presented, interacted with, and how Count Dracula affects them brings forth the issues within the Victorian society, especially the men’s treatment of women and the different social and gender roles, which Stoker uses to highlight the situational irony found within the novel.
This quote shows what people thought of Dracula and how much they feared him. To show how much the people felt unease, they kept repeating these words. As all people know, vampires have a long history being immortal and all. Though Dracula; being the oldest and wisest vampire, has seen and lived through many events which is one reason people fear him. Supporting Sentences (support thesis and topic sentence): Example: Deal with devil.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a story of horror, suspense, and repulsion. The main antagonist, Count Dracula, is depicted as an evil, repulsive creature that ends and perverts life to keep himself alive and youthful. To most onlookers that may be the case, but most people fail to see one crucial element to this character. Dracula is a character that, though it may be long gone, was once human, and thus has many human emotions and motives still within him. Let us delve into these emotions of a historically based monster.
After Lucy’s death, Van Helsing tried to convinced Quincey Morris, Seward and Arthur Holmwood that Lucy has turned into “Un-dead” by bringing them to her tomb. They eventually find a solution by plunging a stake into Lucy’s heart. They chop off her head and stuff her mouth with garlic. After Jonathan and Mina’s returning to England, they joined forces with the others. Mina helps Van Helsing by collecting various journals and dairies to retype them. Their efforts were useless went one of Seward’s patient has let Dracula into the asylum to prey upon Mina. These men divided forces among them tracks Dracula across land and sea. Van Helsing takes Mina with him and he killed three female vampires by using sacred objects. Quincey and Jonathan use knives to destroy Dracula went Dracula is about to reached his castle. In 1992, Francis Ford Coppola has released a Dracula movie based on Bram Stoker’s novel. I would prefer watching a Dracula movie rather than reading a book because Coppola evokes the origins of Dracula before he turn into a vampire, twisted the subplot where Mina is the reincarnation of Dracula’s greatest love and the movie ends with Dracula’s soul
This is similar to a Faustian bargain, selling your soul to the devil for riches on earth. While you do not voluntarily give your soul to Dracula, you still lose it for all eternity. The three "weird sisters" are examples of this, a physical life, but a soulless eternity. When a vampire is killed, there soul is free from its curse. We see this with Lucy, when she is actually killed, and laid back into her coffin with "unparalleled sweetness" and a "holy calm".
Vampires have aroused a perennial fascination within humanity since their fictional materialization into history. However, it is over the course of the last century that these creatures have become an iconic symbol of mystifying horror and inexplicable desire. Recently, the vampire has undergone a significant reconstruction of physical appearance, behaviour, and surroundings, along with, extensive modifications to its super-natural disadvantages. These distinct character adaptations are imperative when considering two of the most notable vampires ever fashioned: Count Dracula and Edward Cullen. The dissimilarity between Bram Stoker’s 19th century, Count Dracula, and Stephenie Meyer’s 21st century, Edward Cullen, is a complex reflection of the contrasting societies from which these vampires emerged.
Bram Stoker’s ingenious piece of work on writing Dracula has set the expectation for gothic novels all over the world and time to come. The mindset of writing Dracula through the Victorian Era really sets the tone for the reader by creating a spine-tingling sensation right through the novel. With this in mind, Stoker wouldn’t have been able to succeed his masterpiece without the effective uses of symbolism, imagery, foreshadowing, and its overall theme.
Dracula uses his supernatural powers to feed his fascination with youth and innocence. In the beginning of the novel, when Dracula is first encountered, he is described as old, although “His face was strong… [his] lips, whose ruddiness showed astonishing vitality in a man of his years… The general effect was one of extraordinary pallor.” (27). This description of the Count shows that while he is old, he still possess some attributes and features of the young. Once Dracula finds that the men have made a bond against him, he makes a bond to take all of their women. He succeeds in transforming Lucy and scaring her mother to death, although Mina is stronger and the men save her by killing Dracula. Also, the three women vampires in his home are past conquests of beautiful, young women. Dracula only sucks the blood of young women in the novel reflecting his hunger for youth and innocence. As the
While in Stoker’s novel, the alluring Count Dracula spends the nights continuously feeding on the blood of the innocent, the villagers all the while living in fear. He sucks the life from young maidens, transforming them into his unholy minions.
Once infected by Dracula, Lucy becomes sexually overt and aggressive; and is portrayed as a monster and a social outcast. She transforms into the Bloofar Lady ' and feeds on children making her the maternal antithesis as well as a child molester (Jones, p. 87). In order to rectify Lucy 's condition she is sexually overpowered by her fiancee Holmwood; he penetrates her to death with a stake through the chest, a staking which is overtly sexual in interpretation, as "the thing in the coffin writhed; and a hideous, blood-curdling screech came from the opened red lips. The body shook and quivered and twisted in wild contortions; the sharp white teeth champed together till the lips were cut, and the mouth was smeared with a crimson foam.........He looked like a figure of Thor as his untrembling arm rose and fell, driving deeper and deeper" (Stoker p. 241). This sexual innuendo restores the Victorian balance of sexual penetration from the female domain back its accepted station within the male domain. Showalter interprets the killing as a gang rape, done with "impressive phallic instrument" (p. 181). "Those serial transfusions which, while they pretend to serve and protect good women, ' actually enable the otherwise inconceivable interfusion of the blood that is semen