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? Is Vlad really dead? Did author Bram Stoker get the ideas for his novel Dracula from the life story of Vlad the Impaler?
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 learns that the group are plotting against him and feeds Mina his own blood to control her.
We all know that Dracula is going to get defeated, but how? What will the other characters go through to defeat Dracula? The good start a holy war against the evil. Throughout the whole story there’s multiple conflicts between the good and the evil. In the novel “Dracula” there’s a battle between the good and the evil, a holy war.
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.
Britain feared that the diversity of nations would weaken their imperialistic power since they had a strong national character. According to Arata, the fear of dissolving into vampires is the fear of ‘dissolving into Roumanians’ (cited in Gelder 12). Stoker’s vampirisation symbolises colonisation, or more likely reverse colonisation: “Stoker tackles the issue of colonization and the metaphoric revolt of the “inferior” East visible through Count Dracula’s desire to become a part of the English society.” (Lukić and Matek 6). Dracula returns colonisation to the main colonisers. Harker discovers Dracula’s enthusiasm about England, apart from significant business interests: “The books were of the most varied kind, history, geography, politics, political economy, botany, geology, law, all relating to England and English life and customs and manners.”(Stoker 22).
During the 15th century, Vladimir III used his power and authority to exemplify the principles of an Absolute Monarch by forcing supreme control over the citizens of his kingdom, including the Transylvanian nobles; striking fear in the minds and hearts of those who tried to challenge him and establishing himself as a benevolent king in the eyes of the Holy Catholic Church. Vladimir III demonstrated the principles of an Absolute Monarch by using techniques that would create a reputation of fear around him. Vlad The Impaler struck fear into the hearts and minds of those who tried to oppose him to secure his place at the top. According to Source B: German Woodblock (late 15th century) of Vlad invading Germanic Lands, Vlad was admiring his work
Discuss How Victor's Narcissism Lead To His Downfall The novel "Frankenstein" which was written by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley deals with the Enlightenment period in England at the 19th century, the endless insist to pursuit after discoveries and development, which leads the main character Victor to create a Monster, because of attempt to create something extraordinary but unfortunately the upcoming troubles were not expected to happen. The industrial era, which waged fear of lack in faith and going far from God in the British society at that time. The rise of the Narcissism phenomenon on the account of family, different relationships and focus on formation of the self rather than family intimacy. This essay explains the term narcissism
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
Count Dracula, a fictional character in the Dracula novel written by Bram Stoker was inspired by one of the best-known figures of Romanian history, Vlad Dracula, nicknamed Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), who was the ruler of Walachia at various times from 1456-1462. Born in 1431 in Sighisoara, he resided all his adult life in Walachia. "The Impaler” suggests, that his practice in impaling his enemies was part of his historical reputation, using this notorious act it conjures up the emotion that runs deep within ourselves which is fear. Alongside this, it specifically also arises in the result of the unknown. Fear being an emotion generally associated with anxiety – the powerful feeling that is brought upon by worry, dread and tension.
Topic: What role does modern medicine and science play in the defeat of Dracula? Many critics argue that the fin-de-siècle revival of the Gothic was connected with anxieties about contemporary scientific discourses (Byron 50). These anxieties are at the heart of Bram Stoker’s gothic novel Dracula (1897). Set predominantly in Victorian England, the novel tells the story of “The Crew of Light”, who must subordinate their beliefs in modern medicine, science and rationality in order to defeat the mysterious Count Dracula. Stoker employs Dutch scientist, philosopher and metaphysician, Abraham Van Helsing, in order to explore this tension between contemporary scientific discourses and the traditional.