In Bram Stokers novel “Dracula” there’s a battle between good and evil. The good uses Christian references to ward off evil. This starts a holy war. Stoker’s novel is an obvious ‘good versus evil’ kind of story. We all know that Dracula is going to get defeated, but how?
As Mina is pushed away from helping the men defeat Dracula, she has been put in danger as there are hints that Dracula has been visiting her in the night. When Dracula does visit, he forces Mina to drink his blood making her impure as “her white nightdress was smeared with blood” (322). This ended going against everything that the men were trying to save Mina from. In efforts to keep Mina from the battle against Dracula, she is thrown right into the middle unwillingly. In the journal, Desire and Loathing in Bram Stoker's Dracula idea that it suggests is that the men “don’t want her help because of her suspected telepathic link with Dracula, and, finally, they regret not letting her in on their hunting and bring her back into the fold” (Rosenberg).
Dracula Sucks While the image of vampires has become vastly distorted through the commercialization of the horror genre to a more comical and tacky depiction of a once-feared fictional monster, Stoker’s use of gothic elements in a Victorian environment, the masked theme of xenophobia that is weaved throughout the novel, as well as the combination of multiple different types of terror frightened Victorian readers and, in some parts, frightens us still today. According to Stephen King in Danse Macabre, there are “three types of terror”: the “gross-out”, comprised of gore and and blood; “horror”, or the supernatural fears like the undead and unnaturally large insects; and “terror”, which is the fear of strange happenings that are disturbing or unsettling without a known cause. (cite) Stoker mainly uses horror to incite fear in his readers over the course of Dracula; the novel’s plot is centered around the existence of a vampire disguised as a Transylvanian nobleman. Stoker also utilizes gross-outs often to adhere to the gothic theme of the
One of the folk legends and traditions Van Helsing draws upon suggest that the most sufficient weapon used while trying to combat supernatural evil are symbols of divine good. The symbols that Helsing uses in the fight against Dracula take form of the icons of Christian Faith. In the novel, a crucifix is used to “shield” the human life from Dracula when he attempts to kill them. In chapter 21, Dracula lunges to attack Van Helsing and the men and this is when Christian icons appear in the novel; “Van Helsing brandishes a holy wafer, and the men advance with their crucifixes. Dracula draws back, and the room is enveloped in darkness as a cloud obscures the moon.
In the novel, Dracula, by Bram Stoker Jonathan Harker goes through a trecurous journey escaping the imprisonment of the demonic vampire Count Dracula. After his departure, Harker reuintes with his fianceé Mina Murray, leaving the Count to victimize more people. After awhile, a group of men affected by the Count's possessing join together to destroy him and suceed. Dracula is a great read due to Stokers use of imagery and symbolism. Imagery is used immensly throughout the novel.
For example, the romance portrayed in the movie has some truths, but it’s artificial. The romantic myth in this story is shown how Dracula dies on behalf of his wife’s suicide to be able to come from the dead and can reconnect with his wife, this is what we call reincarnation. This belief is brought to life in the move. However, vampires are also a mythical
Try to think of a very famous vampire. Chances are the first vampire anyone would think of is some version of Dracula. This famous vampire was originally conceived in the mind of Bram Stoker in his novel Dracula, published in 1897. In Bram Stoker’s famous novel Dracula, many elements of the Victorian Era and his own life are prevalent such as the Victorians’ ideas of sexuality, the struggle between science and religion and the time period being the height of jingoism or extreme patriotism, commercial and military expansion, and the time period’s medical practices. Also, the novel contains an element of Stoker’s personal life-his relationship with his good friend Henry
In Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the bloodsucking aspect of vampirism both disgusts and attracts the characters. All instances of bloodsucking are eerily sexy, or have elements of seduction incorporated with feelings of immoral lust and sexual repression. One example of this is from Chapter 3 when Johnathan says “There was a deliberate voluptuousness which was both thrilling and repulsive, and as she arched her neck she actually licked her lips like an animal.” (3.32) The conventional gender roles are reversed in the quote with the female vampire as the active aggressor and Johnathan as the passive receiver of the kiss.
Dracula is one of the most recognizable and feared of names in the English-speaking world. Uttering the name can send images of a pale faced stranger with fangs dripping with the blood of his victims in his grand Transylvanian castle through the minds of many. But many people don’t know the truth behind Bram Stoker’s famous novel, the truth behind the somber Count Dracula. The vampire is based off a highborn member of a Romanian court that can be described as, “a prince of many faces” by the array of titles he accumulated such as a voivode (warrior), politician and a, “crusader of a religious cause”. He was a well-learned gentleman when it was needed but ruled his kingdom with a heavy, blood-soaked fist.
Fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. In Dracula, by Bram Stoker, Stoker creates an atmosphere and setting that causes fear and dread throughout the story. Jonathan travel to Transylvania and the evil feeling causes fear, Lucy’s tomb causes fear in the people in town, and the on the way to the castle and where it’s at causes fear. First, Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania for a business trip and ends up trapped in Count Dracula’s castle. On his way up to the castle, Jonathan gets offered objects to protect himself against evil.
A vampire is often a villain creature that portrays evil and is often used as the villain within a text. Vampires as archetype villains have evolved and indeed represent the context in which they are created. The vampire archetype has adapted to the time and context to suit the modern day audience to entertain the 21st century generation. Stoker created the unethical villain Dracula that embodied the appearance of the vampire archetype and religion of society in the late 19th century. The vampire diaries created by Williamson in 2009 is an example of how this archetype character has evolved to suit modern audiences through acceptance and the romance genre.
There are specific behaviors and examples that define these people and their conditions. However, there are some very specific cases that can be sown to express the very oddity of the people themselves. For example, Vlad the Third, Prince of Wallachia, or as may like to refer to him, as “Dracula”, was the very inspiration for the 1897 novel by Bram Stoker, in which a vampire by the name of Dracula sneaks into people’s houses at night, while they are sleeping, and drains them of life by sucking their blood. This novel created mass emotion and fear of the fictional character, however, few understand that the real-life vampire, was a far worse creature than what was shown in the book. Vlad the Third, or Vlad the Impaler, as he was better known, had a quite literal taste for blood.
Influences and a Legend Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula and Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein both introduced two of the most petrifying characters in Gothic Literature. Both Dracula and Frankenstein's “ The Monster” demonstrated elements of dread, horror and pain. Even though both characters have similar characteristics Dracula is by far more spine chilling than Frankenstein because of how gruesome it is as well as apart from how Dracula is full of bloodthirsty vampires, many deaths and a unique dark gothic tone. However the real question is what was Bram Stoker's inspiration ? What was it that made him come up with such a evil character like Dracula.