Over the years, monsters have changed from beasts to humanoid creatures in order to teach humanity to avoid certain thoughts, actions, behaviors and even people. About twenty years ago, before Twilight and the modern version of Dracula played by Orlando Bloom, vampires were always depicted as the evils of society and commonly represented as the lower chains of the social class that acted as parasites to the upper and middle classes. According to Lane’s article, “There Goes the Neighborhood,” she explains how a book written in the mid-1950’s called I Am Legend, depicts the vampires in the story as the low-class colored people of society. Because of the lower class being represented as the evil monsters of society, they were resented and discriminated against. But recently, vampires are now categorized as the rich and white upper-class people. Why are monsters now referred to as the perfect white
Vampires have been a common monster used in horror literature; dating back to the 18th century. These creatures have been able to make an identity for themselves within the genre. For years authors have been able to take the essence of the vampire’s identity and ability by turning it into something new. The reinvention allows for there to be a fresh new take on the vampire’s identity and ability. The original template for a vampire has been created through Bram Stokers, Dracula. In this story, Count Dracula has a strange and refined way of communicating and behave strangely towards the protagonist Jonathan Harker; he also displays a wide collection of supernatural abilities, such as strength, the ability to shapeshift and his thirst for blood. Many authors have used this template in order to create their own vampiric
The supernatural entities are never referred to as vampires in the Cosmorama. However, the Count draws close comparisons to a vampire: his name, his ability to appear out of thin air, his ghostly white appearance and red eyes are clear similarities. (127) Furthermore,early vampire folklore, is heavily connected to misunderstandings about death. (source) Once the Count returns from the grave Doctor Bin reflects,"Well, it was exactly as though he were dead.", (117) displaying the unbalance between the living and the dead in the story. The assumable laws of life and death are out powered by another force in this narrative. Another common theme between vampires and the Count is the notion of females are subservient. Eliza's relationship with her husband is described as being torturous, she is trapped and held against their will by the Count.
The topic I have chosen for my essay is how Dracula is meant to remind society of the importance of religion, specifically Christianity, in Stoker’s time. I intend to do this through analyzing symbols in Dracula, drawing connections between these symbols and Christianity, and analyzing the implications Stoker attempts to make. I chose this topic because vampires and their sacrilegious implications, such as burning when touching a cross, have always been of interest to me, hence why I chose to study Dracula in the first place.
In the reading,” Why Vampires Never Die” by Guillermo Del Toro and Huck Hogan they analyzed that vampires have a sense of trait rooted back to his ancestors of humans. Had better describe as apes giving an allusion to how this bloodthirsty creature is related to the first beings recorded showing how they are accustomed to cold weather like our ancestors. In fact, the authors discuss that the saddest thought people have a sense of always trying to become immortal beings bringing an analogy between he points out directly that the image of a vampire brings us the picture that a monster seems to cross every culture, language, and era. In the most extreme times, the biological input implemented by the recent history of the new vampire present people must comprehend that this topic regarding vampires is not something new. In how it seems that this monster has brought us a sense to become to appreciate has this gift of the “panacea of its blood it
Vampires have been seen throughout history as bloodsucking, evil monsters who come out at night to prey upon the innocent by piercing their flesh with their fangs. While this is true, there are more than just this type of literal vampires in literature. In Thomas C. Foster’s How to Read Literature Like a Professor, he describes vampires as any older figure that represents corrupt values who violates young women and leaves them helpless followers in his sin. Although characters in Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Harriet Jacob’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl did not suck anyone’s blood or run away at a glimpse of sunlight, they are still vampires. Slave owners in these novels are vampires as they exploit young women and strip them of their
These vampires encompass one of the major sub-themes of the Novel - sex. This topic was considered rude to discuss in public and could only be propagated through the medium of writing. These vampires are portrayed as “air, as fair as can be, with great masses of golden hair and eyes like pale sapphires. (!!!)” The simile used here helps us picture an extremely beautiful girl with deep blue eyes and golden blond hair. This is a very vivid comparison to Count Dracula who is described to have a long pointed nose and hair in the center of his palms with a very bad breath. Thus, here we see a stark difference in the theme of violence in Dracula. On the one hand, we have the demonic Dracula who seen as the epitome of physical strength and hunts down his victims as prey and on the other we have the inviting lustful eyes of these female vampires who would lure in their prey. This instills a greater fear since the reader would expect a horrid image for a blood-sucking villain but rather we have this picturesque lady forcing the reader to redefine “monster”. Thus, the second category of Stoker’s violence is evident here – the visual aspect. The female vampires, with an immaculate mix of violence and sex, entrance their victims and prey on them. This seems to be a frightening portrayal of a “monster” since we do not expect a monster to attract the victims in using their beauty. However, it is for the same reason, that Stoker’s theme of violence has to be
Bram Stoker’s Dracula, is a classic that has been enjoyed by readers for many years. It is one that involves fantasy, gore and even has the potential of scaring readers. It is a story that has been enjoyed and feared by readers for centuries. With that said, even though it is commonly known as a classic horror novel, it can also be seen as an erotica. Throughout the novel, Stoker incorporates sexual scenes, and scenes of desire that may or may not capture readers’ attention due to the presence of horror. The horror genre of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, combined with mild eroticism is able to draw in readers due to the fact that Stoker is able to intricately weave suspenseful sexual scenes/scenes of desire throughout the novel—making it clear that
Del Toro and Hogan explanation for the appeal of vampires in contemporary culture is described that vampires are sensual and liberated creatures who live forever. Vampires were shown as cannibal creatures who still live off of human blood and need for human lust. Anyhow, the appeal has changed through time and geography since it now comes in multiple structures, for instance, “soap opera storylines, sexual liberation, noir detective fictions, etc.” (Del Toro and Hogan, par. 11). The appeal of vampires has remained consistent in the style by which society is up until now fascinated with the possibility of eternality.
What would it be like to be a vampire? What would it be like to have a vampire in one’s life? What were the vampires of folklore like? These topics will be reviewed throughout this essay by comparing four of the vampire books and movies. All the vampire movies have some similarities and differences but four literature pieces in particular will be gone through in this comparison. The four pieces of literature to be compared in this comparison are Dracula by Bram Stoker, Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) by Francis Ford Coppola, Nosferatu (1922) by F.W. Murnau, and Dracula (1931) by Tod Browning. In these works of fiction, there are answers to what it would have felt like to be a vampire, what it would have felt like to have a vampire in one’s life,
Another noteworthy example of the way Stoker’s lascivious thematic begins outside the immediate circle of ‘good’ characters and then worms its way within is Mina Harker’s decent into vampirism. After Dracula manages to get into Mina’s bedchamber her forces himself upon her, drinking of her blood and forcing her to drink of his. “I was bewildered and strangely enough, I did not want to hinder him” (305), Mina declares as she realizes that even while she had tried to fight against the Count’s urgings she found it difficult not to yield to his demands. This is an intense moment where a pure hearted, if not pious, character is defiled and forced to recognize their own very human, and lustful desires. It is the basis of these humanizing desires
Urban legends can be found all throughout our society. One of the reasons why they are so predominant in our society is because they are focused on topics that play key roles in our lives. There are urban legends that are filled with horror, anxiety, sadness, but most of all they prove to teach valuable lessons. These lessons are known to come across so clearly, simply due to the way in which they are shown. Legends are always supposed to be told in a convincing means no matter how suspicious their actual story seems to be. One of the most common as well as interesting types of legends is about vampires. Vampires have changed through the time from the myth, the legendary feared creatures, to those that are easily seen in the world nowadays
A good answer is given by Carol A. Senf in his book The Vampire in the 19th Century English Literature where he notes that such beliefs go far beyond the place itself, and that “the vampire was simply one more example of a mysterious subject that appealed” (1988: 21) by virtue of its Orientalism. As he explains it Dracula symbolized an idea of the sensational that attracted the reader, and not the essence of Transylvania or its historical richness.
Twilight novel shows more differences than similarities from the old vampire literature. In Twilight, the main characters are good vampires. They have several human qualities and a conscience that sets them apart from the traditional vampires than were more supernatural beings than humans and with no conscience. Meyer has created vampire characters that make the main vampires more like humans by passing on human characteristics into their life of vampires. Consequently, there is a thin line between the world of the vampires and the real world. Vampires can thus for improbable relations with human beings even though they are their natural enemies because of their desire for human blood.
When you think of Dracula, you remember the fairy tale you were told as a child about vampires, but in reality how much of the story was a myth? The name Dracula reminds children and adults alike of the vampire they have so often heard of in movies and books. However, his story was quite different from what they may have heard. This story blurs the line between fiction and fact, when Bram Stoker gains inspiration from actual events and creates a legendary character