Comparing Dracula, And I Am Legend By Richard Matheson

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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. Dracula is one of the earliest and successful vampire novels in history, which is why Dracula is considered to be the traditional vampire. Beginning with the fact that Dracula must sleep during the day, otherwise he will weaken in sunlight. The first clue was Jonathan Harker’s thought, “I have not yet seen the Count in the daylight” (Bram Stoker, 49). His thought is later proved to be true when Harker sneaks into Dracula’s room and is said, “There in one of the great boxes, of which there were fifty in all, on a pile of newly dug earth, lay the Count” (50). The next being the obvious and most important is his consumption of blood. Another element is he is petrified of

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