Compare/Contrast of Bram Stoker's Dracula and Polidori's the Vampyre

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Comparison and Contrast of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Polidori’s The Vampyre

While Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Polidori’s The Vampyre share some minor details, mostly regarding the basics of vampires and the location and date in which the stories take place, the majority of the stories differ greatly. The Vampyre was published almost a hundred years earlier, so it is easy to see how some details of that story can be seen in Dracula. Bram Stoker no doubt must have used The Vampyre as an influence, but only as an influence, as his story has its own unique details regarding characters and plot. I will discuss how the stories of The Vampyre and Dracula begin in a similar fashion, and then explain how there are key differences in narration,
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The journal entries also give a very personal view of the events unfolding, and the reader reads the lines often times as if they were written as the events unfold, for example in Harker’s final journal entry before escaping the castle he writes: “As I write this there is in the passage below a sound of many tramping feet and the crash of weights being set down heavily, doubtless the boxes, with their freight of earth.” (Stoker, pg. 44) This gives the reader a very unique perspective, as if it were true events that had actually happened. The book also incorporates news stories of various events occurring during the time of the story, as it demonstrates how the events in the story affect not only the lives of the main characters but those throughout the land as well. This also gives it a level of realism as well. A second difference lies with the key characters in the story. The main character of The Vampyre is Aubrey, who is shown as a moral and brave man, with no real flaws to show, and despite taking an oath of silence, still does everything in his power to stop Lord Ruthven. In this case, the main character is also the hero. Aubrey’s heroic nature is displayed in the story during the attack which wounds Lord Ruthven: “Lord Ruthven and Aubrey, imitating their example, retired for a moment behind the sheltering turn of the
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