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, …show more content…
In Dracula by Tod Browning, Dracula was killed in his sleep and they saved Mina. Dracula was convinced that his life is worse than death. This can be inferred when in the movie Dracula spoke, “There are far worse things awaiting man than death” (Browning). One can infer that Dracula means that man will have to live forever and experience way more than man may want to. Dracula wanted his victims to feel the way that he feels with staying alive forever and not dying. However, it was unlikely that anyone would kill Dracula especially in a country such as England which the doctor explained. The doctor let this be known when he assumed, “The strength of the vampire is that people will not believe in him” (Browning). The doctor knew that people were unlikely to kill Dracula in England because people did not think that the myth of a vampire could be true. The Doctor knew that English people did not believe that the folklores were true but the doctor believed in the folklores and knew that the stories of Dracula were true. The doctor knew that something had to be done so the doctor convinced everyone that it was time to kill Dracula. So when Dracula went into his coffin the doctor, Jonathan, and Jonathan’s father found Dracula and killed him with a stake and then saved Mina. This was similar to the way that Dracula was killed in the …show more content…
Murnau’s Nosferatu, He dies in the sun and vanishes into the air. When Jonathan went to Nosferatu’s castle to sell a house Nosferatu said, “Your wife has such a beautiful neck...” (Murnau). This was when Nosferatu first saw Lucy and wanted her love and to turn her into a vampire. There was no love, compassion, or any type of emotion in what Nosferatu wanted just pure greed. This is where the fear of Nosferatu was built into Jonathan because it freaked him out. However Jonathan was still unaware of what was going on and this is evident when he said, “I am plagued by mosquitoes. Two have just bitten me on the neck, quite close together, one on each side” (Murnau). Jonathan still had no idea of what hurt him and this was different because usually he would have known at that point what happened to him. In this version Jonathan was oblivious and there was little connection between Nosferatu and Jonathan. Regardless, other characters found a way to trick Nosferatu to walk into the
Everybody knows the classic tale of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It is most famous for its introduction of the character of Count Dracula into both deep-rooted and contemporary literature and media. One critic claimed,” Bram Stoker set the ground rules for what a vampire should be.” It follows the story of Jonathan Harker, an English solicitor who visits Count Dracula in his castle in Transylvania – soon realising that he is being kept as a prisoner. Dracula forms a liking to the character of Lucy which ultimately leads to her death.
Dracula traps Jonathan Harker in his castle, but he finally escapes without the Count killing him. Dracula then sucks Lucys blood and turns her into a vampire. At this point everyone is against the bloodsucker. Since Lucy died, well turned into a vampire. Lucys friends have to stab her in the heart and cut off her head.
Sherry Yielding Karen Sanders English 1003 April 9, 2016 Vlad the Impaler and Bram Stoker’s Dracula Vlad the Impaler was a man who lived in and ruled Wallachia, a territory in modern-day Romania, in the 1400's. There are many differing myths and legends surrounding his life and also, his death. Was Vlad actually a vampire or simply a man with a figurative thirst for blood?
The essay I chose to compare Dracula with was “Kiss Me With Those Red Lips: Gender and Inversion in Bram Stoker’s Dracula” by Christopher Craft. The essay explains the sexuality in Dracula, desire, gender, and even homosexuality. Craft mentions his essay gives an account of Stoker’s “vampire metaphor” (Craft 108). He highlights certain and very valid points in the story of Dracula that breaks the Victorian gender role, writing, “a pivotal anxiety of late Victorian culture.” (Craft 108).
Doubtless he created a model for the classical vampire which was developed by the ages. In 21st century Stephanie Meyer composed a romantic book using modificated vamp creatures. Mixture of classical personality of the villain and born in her dream figures of perfection. Described earlier differences present how vampires changed during time. In spite of all I cannot deny both ‘Dracula’ and ‘Twilight’ turned out to be World phenomenon.
This man belongs to me!’”(48.) This fury and possessive behavior are in no means typical in a healthy relationship, but perhaps Stoker chooses to represent Dracula in this way, as to show the jealous rage sometimes associated in obsessive, forbidden love, and the anger surrounding the acceptance of one 's
Bram Stoker, describes one of the verbal taboos of the Victorian era, violence, through the representation of vampires as “monsters” through the point of view of their victims in his novel Dracula. Stoker portrays violence in three distinct categories- physical, visual and psychological. Each one of these categories is described by one of the antagonists in the Novel, with Count Dracula as the physical aspect of violence, his underlings, the female vampires as the visual and Renfield, the patient at Dr. Seward’s mental asylum, as the psychological aspect of violence. This essay looks at the portrayal of such Categorical violence as different renditions of a “monster” and considers why Stoker would segregate violence in such a manner.
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. My thesis is: Stoker uses Count Dracula as symbol to represent what society may become if they abandon religious beliefs.
At first glance, the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker appears to be a typical gothic horror novel set in the late 1890s that gives readers an exciting look into the fight between good and evil. Upon closer inspection, it becomes apparent that Dracula is a statement piece about gender roles and expectations for men and women during the Victorian age. Looking at the personalities, actions, and character development of each of the characters in Dracula bring to light startling revelations about Victorian society and how Stoker viewed the roles of men and women during this time period. To really understand Dracula, it is important to note that this novel was written during a time “of political and social upheaval, with anxieties not just about the
He is supposed to represent science and advancement, yet he relies in the use of old fashioned or ancient practices to resolve conflicts in the novel. Dracula himself has been roaming the world for centuries; he is ancient. In a way his practices are ancient
Dracula is about vampires in general, the myth, the mystery and the horror. Even though Dracula wasn’t the first vampire story, it was the first really popular one. Throughout the novel, the author, Bram Stoker, portrays many different aspects of women's roles in the 19th century. With the use of imagery and symbolism, the theme of sexuality and gender roles has an enormous presence in the novel. Social gender roles of women and men during the Victorian Era were very strict and looked upon differently than any other time period.
Within Dracula, Van Helsing discovers new material about vampires by witnessing them in the flesh. During one of these instances, Van Helsing says to Mina, “‘Will you not come over to the fire?’ for I wished to make a test of what she could. She rose obedient, but when she have made a step she stopped” (Stoker 325). Van Helsing is testing Mina through an experiment with a ring of holy wafer around her.
Gothic horror novel Dracula, the title character makes only several relatively short appearances, some of which are while in disguise. Throughout the novel, Stoker keeps Count Dracula in the shadows, both literally and figuratively. This essay will describe these appearances and analyze Stoker’s use of them to determine what effect they might have on the impression of the character and the novel overall. It will be claimed that by keeping his title character hidden for much of the novel, Stoker’s Dracula is made much more frightening to the reader. Human beings tend to fear the unknown, and by leaving Dracula to the imagination,
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 Dracula is a vampire, hundreds of years old, with supernatural powers and weaknesses. He 's extremely physically strong and can shapeshift into several different forms.