Vampire Depiction : Dracula Vs. Louis

2305 WordsDec 4, 201410 Pages
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 all influenced by one image. In 1897, Bram Stoker released Dracula and this book introduced us to a vampire by the name of Count Dracula, which created a lasting image and the iconic vampire to many people. Almost a century later, in 1976, Anne Rice reinvented the vampire when she introduced one by the name of Louis in Interview with the Vampire. Dracula and Interview with the Vampire are both books based on vampires. Bram Stoker and Anne Rice both had the same interest, but a different vision of what a vampire was. In Dracula, we do not get to know what kind of human Dracula was before being turned into a vampire. We do not get to know how he was transformed into a vampire. We only get to know him as a vampire, and a cruel one at that.
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