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?
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.
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.
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.
When you here the name George Rogers Clark you probably wouldn’t know who it is right off the top of your head. Well he is remembered as the heroic Revolutionary War commander and that he also led a force of frontiersman through the numbing waters of the Illinois countryside so he could capture a British-held named Fort Sackville during February of 1779 (National Park Service). The capture of Fort Sackville was by far his most dramatic accomplishment. He continued exertions throughout the war (National Park Service). During the war he put a lot of effort into building forts along the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.
When people hear the name Count Dracula, they often picture a vampire with slicked back black hair who has pointy canine teeth. He is white or extremely pale and he wears a suit and a cape. This image comes from Halloween costumes, which are based from the character from Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, Dracula. The character from Dracula from Bram Stoker’s novel didn’t technically exist, but there was a Count that went by the name of Vlad the Impaler. He was not a vampire; however, he was guilty of committing some pretty violent murders.
In the biography “ Dracula Prince Of Many Faces-His Life And TImes,” by Radu R. Florescu and Raymond T. McNally, the authors try to piece together a mysterious time period in Transylvanian history and analyze who “Dracula,” also known as “Vlad The Impaler,” truly was in his life and what atrocities he committed. One of the most interesting facts that can be drawn from the book is dracula’s second most preferred torture method, trap doors, “which he used to drop wretches cunningly on the stakes below”[Florescu, McNally, 105]. Along with intricate artwork that was included in the book, the authors used; his personality, the state of his current realm, and even went as far as to provide accounts of the intricate methods of torture, my personal
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.
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.