Review Of ' Dracula ' By Bram Stoker

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In the diverse categories of monsters, there are specific types of monsters which are “cursed by a bite”—Vampires, Zombies and Werewolves (Kaplan 2012: 136). Perhaps vampires are the most interesting of all. Vampires don`t morph into a howling hairy creature at the sight of full-moon and they are not controlled together by a sorcerer; rather they assimilate among us as gentle cannibals.
The term vampire has been around for centuries. From Dracula (Stoker 1897) to Twilight (Meyer 2005), vampire culture has seduced fiction lovers all over the world. The main target for this craze is women. Before it was Dracula`s “otherness” that provoked fears in 19th century, “otherness” returns in the vampires of 20th century as a source of empathy and
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As Milly was arguing Louis`s unwanted status is a sign of victimhood; he came to inhabit the category of “evil” vampire as a result of Lestat`s actions. This sign of victimhood and innocence is something humans can relate to, therefore Louis deserves our sympathy.
There was a time when America had a traumatic events during and after Vietnam War. We see soldiers ordered to kill the innocents and didn`t have the option to distinguish good and evil. Like Louis, they were put into this situation regardless of their desire. They are good people in a bad place. Our awareness of how easy it is for good people to go bad could have increased our interest in vampires and started to view them positively.
The true horror in the movie is not the gruesomeness and nudity, it is the monotony of eternal life. As a contrast to our recent obsession with immortal beauty, vampires themselves don`t appreciate their features as much. Though eternal youth and beauty is really something humans can only wish for. Before the arrival of vampire beauty, ageing was a major concern in the American society in 1980s. Plastic surgery promoters soon awakened our deeply embedded desire of sexual attractiveness and took it even further to women`s career goals, mental health and marriage. Connections were made between evangelical Christians and a culture of dieting and exercising, as a result bodily transcendence became a
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