No horror novel has achieved the notoriety of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Vampires today would not be so popular in horror if not for Stoker’s revamped version of the classic Eastern European bloodsucker. Having come at a time when xenophobic novels were extremely popular, Dracula has kept its relatability despite the test of time. Aside from its hold as a horror novel, Dracula endures because it serves as a reminder of how society works alongside authority figures and the powerless, and from its definition of human values.
In the first place, it’s easy to say Jonathan is naive for not realizing Dracula is a vampire although in reality because we have read the title we have a decent expectation of what the plot will contain. Bram Stoker made Dracula 's lineage as a nobleman crucial because this allows Dracula to set
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,
The novel was encouraged by Vlad the Impaler; he was an immoral ruler during his time. Unlike Dracula, the character of Edward Cullen was inspired by a dream; moreover, he was designed as perfect to protect and be different. Dracula is a villainous vampire that was created to be intimidating and meet the standards of old legends that portray vampires as the work of the devil. On the other hand, Edward Cullen was created as a beautiful creature who sees himself as a monster. He then meets Bella Swan, who turns his world upside down; furthermore, his wish is to become mortal after
Frankenstein and its closely related story-plot-cousins captivate audiences throughout the world and throughout time due to the situations that cause the reader/viewer to question their stance on morality and ethics revolved around the “Frankenstein Creature”. When reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, readers approach, reach, and have to double back to make sure the monumental scene of the Creature coming to life was really just those miniscule few lines fit snugly inside the many paragraphs much like the rest of the novel. The scene which holds such significance in the vast majority of Frankenstein’s reinterpretations is over before it seemed to have even begun in the novel. Reinterpretations, however, take artistic liberties to dramatize the moment. There is an ongoing debate of “where does life begin and end?”
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).
Throughout the story, Bram Stoker illustrates how they are incorporated, this can be shown through; the sheer cold-heartedness, and malignant behavior of Count Dracula, which leaves the audience to speculate what causes such behaviors. Bram Stoker allows the reader to understand that Dracula isn’t presumed to be a happy going book and therefore indicates how the reader should fathom the story. Dracula is a tale with various amounts of archetypes. The more predominant ones are; The mother figure, the mentor, the antagonist, the loss of innocence, and life and death. To begin with, in the story Mina Harker is known as the mother figure, this can be seen with the love, compassion, and support that she caters and advises others when they are agitated.
In the year 2012, Columbia Pictures distributed a comedy film from Sony Pictures Animation titled, “Hotel Transylvania.” Even though this isn’t the first comedy-based flick that featured Frankenstein, it’s one of the newest. With that said, the Tartakovsky-directed film was centered around Dracula, who was in desperate need of help on his mission to find his friend Jonathan. Dracula convince a jolly version of Frankenstein, among many other monsters, to help him on his journey.
My impression of the novel is a book capable of inducing the feeling of eroticism, sexual energy, danger, and suspense all at the same time. In my view, the genre of the novel can best be described as an erotic thriller. The novel present a strange intermixing of humans and other supernatural beings. Indeed, the writer follows the modern tradition of presenting vampires as a romantic, erotic and elegant species rather than some demonic creature. The character of Sookie Stackhouse is indeed a very intricate one the more I read about her and the more I become familiar with her personality the more she excites me.
The term gothic novel refers to stories that combine romanticism and horror. Common elements include supernatural events, mysterious places, and strange happenings. The Veldt also touched on overdependence of technology. Some famous novels include Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Dracula.
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.
Rough Thesis: Stoker revolutionized nineteenth century society through Dracula by challenging the accepted sexual, domestic, and educational expectations of Victorian women and exposing the cultural anxieties such as loss of reputation and sexual freedom. Bram Stoker’s Dracula, a truly iconic work, redefines nineteenth century values and challenges the cultural anxieties of theVictorian era. But why did Stoker create such an erotically symbolic novel? In the Victorian era, this type of language was unheard of; therefore his work appeals to the unspoken conversation: sex. But, in his writings, Stoker does more than simply use language that was neither typical nor acceptable, he provokes controversy and change in the societal norms by arousing
on a role similar to Van Helsing of the novel Dracula. He leads Ben and the others in trying to defeat the vampire menace that continues to ravage and expand throughout the town. Salem’s Lot dies before the people even realize it, and becomes firmly the property of the vampires. Ben’s love interest, Susan is even turned (King, 1975). Ben is forced to kill Susan using a wooden stake in a scene very similar to the one in Bram Stoker’s work.
Dracula,being fascinating novel it is, captivated a huge audience with the help of the magnificent characters that take part in the novel (Artemis Literary Sources),however, the author Bram Stoker was able to create such an outstanding literary novel also by implementing brilliant levels of symbolism, and a captivating theme. To better understand the beauty behind this novel one must know some of Stoker’s background. This will ease the understanding of the symbolism, theme and plot used throughout the novel. Finally Dracula has received many reviews, most of which vary from a political view to a social view. Bram Stoker was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1847.
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.