Weaknesses Of Dracula

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‘Count’ His Powers, ‘Count’ His Weaknesses Is a vampire a sinister blood sucking monster, or is a vampire an attractive teenager who sparkles? Dracula was written in 1897 and is the first piece of literature that includes vampires and sets up the characteristics of future vampires. Dozen of works of literature has been created based off of the creature in Dracula for example the novel Twilight and as time goes on literature has tweaked some of the vampire’s traits, powers and weaknesses. Dracula is a gothic novel with gothic elements such as a decaying setting and supernatural beings or monsters. Bram Stoker is an author from Britain during the Victorian era, and it is shown that this novel was written in that era as they were prudish,…show more content…
Heidelberger gives the illusion that Dracula in fact looks “undead” meaning decaying. These characteristics are widely know, just like the powers of a vampire. Stoker's novel Dracula also outlined the supernatural powers that a vampire possesses. Van Helsing states, “He can, within his range, direct the elements: the storm, the fog, the thunder; he can command all the meaner things: the rat, and the owl, and the bat—the moth, and the fox, the wolf” (Stoker 237). Van Helsing, the vampire expert in the novel tells some key powers that the vampire Dracula has which is the ability to control weather and the ability to command animals such as: rats, owls, bats, moths, foxes and wolves. When Van Helsing is talking about Dracula’s powers he also says, “he can grow and become small; and he can at times vanish and come unknown” (237). These powers are shapeshifting and teleportation. Shapeshifting is the ability to change into whatever shape and size that the person who obtain this power wants to, and teleportation is the ability to teleport from place to place. In Allan Johnson’s article “Modernity and Anxiety in Bram Stoker’s Dracula” he says, “While Dracula can transform into mist and summon bloodthirsty wolves, these powers prove to be poorly matched against the new technologies and conveniences of everyday life in England” (Johnson 5). Johnson is saying how even though Dracula
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