Vampire Depiction : Dracula Vs. Louis

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Meagan Labruzza
Engl. 2090/Sec. 476
Dr. Werner
9 December 2014
Vampire Depiction: Dracula vs. Louis For years, the vampire has been a mysterious creature. We have all been infatuated with the appeal of immortality and distinctiveness that vampires possess. Many writers have visualized what vampires are supposed to look like and how they act. The common description of a vampire is terror, violence, viciousness, and fear. Nina Auerbach, writes that “There is no such creature as ‘The Vampire’; there are only vampires” (Saler 218). This statement recognizes that vampires differ tremendously in behavior, motivation, and culture. Because vampires are a fictional character, depending on the writer, the vampire will be different, even if they are
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We get to know how he is transformed into a vampire. And we get to know how he feels as a vampire. These two major differences, give two totally different insights on the vampire’s life. Through this critical research paper, I want to find out how the depiction of Bram Stoker’s vampire, Dracula, is different from Anne Rice’s vampire, Louis? While there will be some similarities between the two vampires, there is a major difference between the two stories. Dracula is “compromised of journal entries, letters, newspaper clippings, a ship’s log, and phonograph recordings” (Dracula 1). This is other people viewing the vampire, in this case, Dracula. In Interview with the Vampire, we are seeing what it is like to be a vampire through a vampire’s eyes, in this case, Louis. Louis is telling us everything we want to know. So because of this difference, we have two different perceptions on what a vampire is. Bram Stoker’s, Dracula, is a predominant cause of the vampire trend today, even though many stories were written about vampires before this book. As mentioned before, vampires cause fear in a human. In the novel, Jonathan Harker is sent to counsel a wealthy client, who is Count Dracula. Dracula welcomes Harker warmly, but soon after being welcomed into Dracula’s home, he gets an uneasy feeling about the man he has just met (MacGillivray 518). He states “the instant I had stepped over the
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