Dracula: The Contemporary Dissolution of His Purpose Essay

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In Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Dracula is representative of the superhuman ideal that man is striving to achieve. Dracula is a strong willed, powerful, brilliant masculine figure, and through these characteristics he appeals to the contemporary reader. The 1992 production of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, highlights the contemporary appeasement in satanic creatures, through the justification of Dracula and the corruption that follows, reducing if not entirely diminishing the malice of in Dracula’s character. By the late 20th and early 21st century, the representation of the demonic creatures as transformed to present endless happiness and immortality on earth as a morally neutral possibility. Instead of viewing the…show more content…
His knowledge of culture, of “the story of his race,” also highlights his modernity; Dracula is an educated, cultured man who would have been thought to in turn be moral. Dracula’s aristocratic heritage, wealth, and aspiration for knowledge make him quite the modern man, however Harker’s discovery to his imprisonment causes the reader to question Dracula’s image and realize the earlier cues and clues. The illumination of cues and clues regarding Dracula begin following Harker’s declaration: “I am a prisoner!” (32). Firstly, the question of Dracula’s curious actions and presence is prevalent. According to Harker, he has “not seen the Count eat or drink” during his entire stay (31). This is particular, and when tied in with Dracula’s “demoniac fury” and the fact here was “no reflection of him in the mirror” when Harker cuts himself shaving present an image of a creature which the Transylvanian peasantry warned against earlier (31). However, this idea is quickly repressed when contrasted with Dracula’s humanistic attributes of education and culture. The reader then questions Dracula’s motives in learning about England and his want to blend, not to be known “for a stranger” (26). The immediate impression is that he wants to adapt and become independent in the new society and, being that independence is considered important, his goals are thought to be good. Secondly, “the story of his race” is peculiar

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