Bram Stoker's Dracula: A Variation of a Classic Work in Modern Time

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A woman changes everything; finally there is vindication for the knight who gave up life to avenge the death of his one true love, as he chose to become the undead. Director, Francis Ford Coppola, in his work, “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”, reaches beyond the words to prove Dracula was more than a monster in creating the movie. Coppola focuses on Dracula as a man, as well as a knight, who is both deeply in love with his church and his bride. The historical elements in the writings of Bram Stoker come to life more so in Coppola’s work with the movie, than in the book. My goal of this paper is to prove how the differences between the book and the movie are predominantly in the beginning and in the end of the film and depict Dracula as the man he…show more content…
For those who found themselves at his mercy were shown none. There were no immunity to his madness. Vlad III (Vlad Dracul), was born to a Transylvanian noblewoman and her husband, Vlad II. Vlad III was the middle child and had an older and a younger brother. At the time of his birth his father Vlad II was living in exile in Transylvania. Vlad II, was admitted to the Order for his bravery and was a ruler of Wallachia. The word for dragon in Romanian is "drac" and "ul" is the definitive article. Vlad III’s father thus came to be known as "Vlad Dracul," or "Vlad the dragon." In Romanian the ending "ulea" means "the son of". Under this interpretation, Vlad III thus became Vlad Dracula, or "the son of the dragon." (The word "drac" also means "devil" in Romanian. The sobriquet thus took on a double meaning for enemies of Vlad Tepes and his father.) Porter, Ray. “The Historical Dracula.” April 30, 1992 Eskimo North, Inc. 18 Dec. 2007. Web. 10 Apr. 2014. Vlad III was born into a family of defenders, he lived, fought and believed he was born to defend the Order of the Dracul, as his father and brother did. Vlad II, was appointed by King Sigismund in 1431 and served as military governor for Transylvanian region of Wallachia. Seeking greater hierarchy, he began to gather support and in 1436, killed the Danesti prince Alexandru I and became Vlad II. Between the powers of the Ottoman Turks and the Hungarian Kingdom, in their reign were powerful and Vlad II was forced to pay

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