Analysis Of The Novel ' Dracula '

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Analysis of Dracula Although Dracula was not the first vampire novel, the effect that Bram Stoker’s creation had on the vampire genre is undisputable. At the time, it was written intellectual revelations during the 19th century had begun to change what people fear. Archaic legends like vampire stories no longer inspired terror in industrializing areas like Britain. What made Dracula widely successful was the incorporation of modern themes and anxieties with the renowned archetype of the vampire. By analyzing what makes Dracula a formidable monster, its becomes apparent what people feared during that time it was written. This is true for modern adaptations of Dracula and the vampire monster as well. Movies like Priest (2011) and the television show, The Strain (2014) both have unique twists that play off modern anxieties. What makes Dracula appealing to me lies in his personality, or lack thereof. After hundreds of years of being a vampire, Dracula has lost his humanity. He manipulates, charms, and uses brutal force to live. However, Mina once infected, fights passionately to keep her humanity. When reading Dracula, I often wondered how I would react if infected, to desperately cling to humanity, or plunge into the darkness? Vampires are one of the oldest and widespread monster stories in existence dating back to cultures such as the Mesopotamians, Ancient Greeks, and Romans. These ancient cultures had myths about blood-drinking spirts and demons. Although many specific

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