Featuring in the film Dracula directed by Francis Ford Coppola, is the movie’s central idea of appearance. In the film, Dracula played by Gary Oldman changes his exterior according to the situation. Dracula is an interesting character due to the fact that, he is simultaneously both young and old. His young character could mislead his real characteristic. When Dracula changes from being old to young, he becomes noticeably more attractive.
He uses crosses, communion wafers, garlic, and hypnosis to get to Dracula, none of which seem rational. In the case of hypnosis, Van Helsing hypnotizes Mina who is stuck in Dracula’s trance. The closer they get to the castle in Transylvania, the harder it is to find Dracula. The castle interrupts the hypnotism. This is because it is Dracula’s home; he can more effectively control Mina.
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
Merriam Webster Dictionary defines evil as “sinful” or “wicked” and defines good as “kind” or “right” (“evil”)(“good”).The contrast of evil versus good plays a large role in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. From Christian symbolism to Count Dracula the good against evil theme is very prominent. Bram Stoker was a sickly child and Stoker’s mother, a charity worker and writer, entertained Stoker with fantastic stories (“Dracula”). This is probably what Stoker used to create the theme of good and evil. The heroes proved they are good rather than evil through their selflessness.
Mina and Lucy Bram Stoker’s gothic novel, Dracula, was written in the nineteenth century, where he uses the main two female characters to depict the varying role between man and woman. Dracula is set in the Victorian Era, where the man in the relationship has all the power. Stoker uses these female characters, Mina and Lucy, to offset these prejudices. Lucy, is your beautiful and innocent woman, who is defined by her sexuality and is left uninformed about the dangers of Dracula. Mina, who can be defined as pure and innocent, shows off her dedication to her husband by keeping up with his studies which ultimately saves her.
Later on, when Lucy is in need of another transplant, Van Helsing, the man in charge of the operation, hints that it might be inappropriate for someone else to transfer blood into her. Him hinting at this idea shows that the process is in fact somewhat sensual, since having someone else 's blood into her might affect her fiance. Stoker makes several references to Old English literature throughout Dracula, Hamlet is especially referenced several times. In this quote, Lucy speaks of her fear of the night and of sleep. “Well, here I am to-night,
In Joyce Carol Oates critical essay entitled, Frankenstein’s Fallen Angel, Joyce explores thematic aspects of the novel. Oates claims that Frankenstein is a “unique blend of Gothic, fabulist, allegorical, and philosophical materials” (Oates). The novel is fueled by grotesque and inventive images that are directly from the unconscious. When Frankenstein says, “I have selected his features as beautiful,” this is an example because right after the creature comes alive Frankenstein screams, “breathless horror and disgust filled my heart” (Shelley pg37). This concept is revived when Walton believes the Artic will be a country of eternal light but he finds it is only ice.
In Stoker’s novel Dracula, Renfield is a patient in Dr. Seward’s mental asylum who has a desire to gain the life of small, living organisms (e.g., flies, spiders, and rats) by consuming their souls. Although the purpose of Renfield’s character may be considered irrelevant to the central plot of Dracula, it is of utmost significance. To elaborate, the Renfield sub-plot functions as an “abstract representation for a better understanding” and in-depth knowledge to the character of Count Dracula through Renfield’s actions (Dracula). According to Gray, the character of Renfield “parallels aspects of Dracula 's livelihood,” such as his need to consume life. The dark relationship that Renfield and Dracula share is evident in the scene when Renfield
‘So she’s one of us now.’ One of us. I smiled. That meant she wasn’t dead. I might see her again.” (Turner 256). Charlie, Zach’s best friend who turns into a vampire, courtesy of Zach, also turns Luna into a vampire because he is really hungry.
The visual and aural flavor of genre movies is dictated by the unique combination of formal elements. The films tackled in this analysis are Kirk Jones’ Nanny McPhee (2005) and Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992). Nanny McPhee is a comedic fantasy that takes upon the story of Mr. Brown, a widower, with untameable seven children and a family estate at risk if he does not remarry. Whereas, Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a horror fantasy that showcases the story of Dracula’s attempt to reunite with his everlasting love all the while impeded by suitors and vampire hunters. So while both occupy the fantasy genre, their approaches to creating a light versus dark atmosphere is very much contingent upon manipulating formal elements.
This is such a fun parody book. Rick Walton under the pen name of Ludworst Bemonster transform the classic story of Madeline in to a hilarious monster parody. "In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines" is the opening line to the classic Madeline story and Rick Walton manages to seamlessly transform this line into "In a creepy old castle all covered with spines, lived twelve ugly monsters in two crooked lines." Children of all ages will enjoy this parody book and i believe it would be a fantastic book to read at Halloween as well as to use for comparing and contrasting between two books. I highly recommend this "Caldecott Horror Book" to all ages!