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Dracula: A Simple Tale of Good vs. Evil - Batman beats the Joker. Spiderman banishes the Green Goblin. For centuries story tellers have used the basic idea of good beats bad to guide their tales. Stories of blood sucking, human possessions and other tales have been passed down generations and vary between cultures. Among the creators of the famous protagonists is, Bram Stoker, the creator of Dracula. This fictional character was soon to be famous, and modified for years to come into movie characters or even into cereal commercials. But the original will never be forgotten; a story of a group of friends all with the same mission, to destroy Dracula....   [tags: dracula] 1486 words
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Heart of Dracula - Within Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, the reader is introduced to two “men”, a term that is applied loosely, whom come to represent the realization of the dying days of the Victorian Era. Heart of Darkness’ Kurtz comes to be the representation of the realization in that he sees what is required from him, as well as the rest of humanity, in order for them to survive. Dracula, in contrast, is the idealization of what has to be done in order to survive. Furthermore, Dracula comes to represent the next step, in almost evolutionary terms, in that he starts to attack England on its home soil, going to so far as to transplant his own soil onto England....   [tags: Character Analysis, Dracula, Hearth of Darkness] 1683 words
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The Different Adaptations of Dracula - Ever since Bram Stoker wrote his entrancing novel people have been adapting it, and the story is one of the most reproduced ideas in history. Each innovation of the novel influences the story for the creators own purpose, and in doing so generates another version of Dracula. Count Dracula has become an infamous character in history, and has been captured in many different mediums, such as the Japanese anime and manga series Vampire Hunter D, which follows Draculas son D in his adventures (Kikuchi)....   [tags: count dracula, vampires, victorian novel]
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Dracula Versus Frankenstein- Which Story is More Terrifying? - The two Gothic novels, Dracula and Frankenstein, introduced two of the most terrifying characters throughout all of literature. Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula, and Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, both present elements of terror and create a tense mood and a frightening picture. In both of these novels the other characters are not able to see these evil creatures actions. Although both of these novels depict truly evil minds, Dracula is far more terrifying than Frankenstein due in part to its bloodthirsty vampires, mysterious deaths, and dark gothic tone....   [tags: dracula, frankenstein]
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Victorian Women in Dracula - Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” came to print in 1897, at the height of Nineteenth century Victorian life in Europe, a progressively modern era that saw much medical and technological advancement. This era brought with it the contentious idea of an empowered woman, the “New Woman,” a woman who aspires to be educated as well as sexually and economically independent. Stoker gives a contrasting view of this notion in “Dracula.” While the main characters, Lucy and Mina, are clearly opposite in personality, they are both portrayed as unequal, defenseless objects that are to be protected and desired....   [tags: Dracula, Bram Stoker] 947 words
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Bram Stoker's Dracula and the Fears of Victorian England - In periods of cultural insecurity, when there are fears of regression and degeneration, the longing for strict border controls around the definition of gender, as well as race, class, and nationality, becomes especially intense. If the different races can be kept in their places, if the various classes can be held in their proper districts of the city, and if men and women can be fixed in their separate spheres, many hope, apocalypse can be prevented and we can preserve a comforting sense of identity and permanence in the face of that relentless specter of millennial change....   [tags: Dracula Essays]
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The Lilith in Dracula, Carmilla, Christabel, Geraldine and The Hunger - The Lilith in Dracula, Carmilla, Christabel, Geraldine and The Hunger For centuries Lilith, the Queen of the Night, has been blamed when a child or man dies without certain cause or when a woman refuses to be submissive to her husband.  While the Legend of Lilith is not widely known today, it is not difficult to find information about the demoness. However, there are slight variations found from story to story.  Here we will focus on the myth as found in Hebrew mythology, and we will particularly emphasize the similarities seen between Lilith and various vampires seen in literature today.  The Hebrew figure of Lilith was actually borrowed from Babylonian and Syrian myt...   [tags: Dracula]
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Why I was Scared of Reading "Dracula" - I was scared by the novel. I found the novel difficult to finish reading and I didn’t enjoy reading it. Usually I have no trouble reading books but with Dracula, my fear of the plot, the character and the topics in the novel prevented me from being able to read the book before I go to bed, which unfortunately is when I normally read. I think the fear I experienced when reading the book was mainly due to the circumstances under which I read it. In the time when people were first reading Dracula, vampires and other supernatural themes weren’t really something anyone had thought of writing about, so the readers were caught up in the idea that there could be vampires living in the same down as t...   [tags: Dracula, vampires, fear,] 1098 words
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Dracula as the Persecuted Outsider in Bram Stoker's Dracula - Dracula as the Persecuted Outsider in Bram Stoker's Dracula Bram Stoker's Dracula is highly acclaimed and has received many different interpretations which deal with complex symbolisms and metaphors. These interpretations often require a great deal of knowledge in psychology, political science, anthropology, and other non-literary disciplines. These interpretations may be valid, as they are related to the disciplines on which their arguments are based, but the true power of the novel is due to a very simple theme that lies beneath the other, more convoluted interpretations....   [tags: Dracula Essays]
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Hypnotism’s Influence on Bram Stoker and Dracula - The use of hypnotism is extensive throughout the last few chapters of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Van Helsing places Mina in a hypnotic state or trance numerous times in order to locate Dracula and to learn about his premeditated actions. Stoker’s great use of hypnotism is what leads to Dracula’s destruction in the end. However, what influences Stoker to use hypnotherapy in order to kill off the most important character in his book. Taking a New Historical approach can help a reader understand how Stoker was influenced by his culture to incorporate hypnosis into Dracula and why he chose it as a method for destroying Dracula, while healing Mina....   [tags: Character Analysis, Dracula] 2905 words
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Homosocial Friendships in Bram Stoker’s Dracula - Bram Stoker was born into a lower-class Irish family in late 1847. He grew up with six siblings, at least four of which were brothers. Throughout his childhood, Stoker was an invalid, sickened with an unknown disease. Many days were spent listening to his mother tell stories of Ireland. It is thought that her stories played a large role in his writing (Stoker 5). Perhaps due to Stoker’s childhood illness and relationship with his brothers, his writing in Dracula exhibited a great deal of homosociality, the idea of same-sex relationships on a social level, rather than romantically....   [tags: Bram Stoker, Dracula]
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Power and Control in Dracula - Power and Control in Dracula In the universe, no one being has complete control over another. In Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, God, Dracula, Nature, and Humanity have some form of influence over each other, whether it be direct control or as the instrument through which another must exert its power. In this paper I will examine the ways that power and control are presented in Dracula. One of the main challenges to God's power is Dracula. God does nothing to help the character of Lucy. Why....   [tags: Dracula Essays] 1801 words
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Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla: Bram Stoker’s Inspiration for Dracula - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla: Bram Stoker’s Inspiration for Dracula “3 May. Bistritz. Left Munich at 8:35 p.m.” Abraham Stoker in this unassuming way begins his Gothic masterpiece, Dracula (The Annotated Dracula 1). Dracula has been called ‘imaginative’ and ‘original.’ , and Harry Ludlam calls it “the product of his own vivid imagination and imaginative research” (Senf 41). However, the originality of Stoker's Dracula is in doubt. By a similarity in the setting, characters and plot, in Bram Stoker’s Gothic work Dracula and the posthumously published short story “Dracula’s Guest,” Stoker is shown to have used Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s classic, Gothic, short story, “Carmilla”, as the b...   [tags: Dracula]
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Importance of the Setting for Dracula - Importance of the Setting for Dracula    With castles, hidden streets, waterways, recurring rainy weather, interesting European architecture, and mystique, London is the perfect location for Bram Stoker's Dracula. London: The capital of Great Britain, and the center of attention in the nineteenth century, due to the many incidents that were going on at the time. The novel includes many daunting scenes, such as when Dracula heaves a sack withholding a deceased child before three female vampires....   [tags: Dracula Essays]
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Paternalism in Bram Stoker's Dracula - Paternalism in Bram Stoker's Dracula      Paternalism is the domination of a society by a male or parental figure that leads or governs much like the way a father would direct his family.  In Victorian society, the idea of paternalism was prevalent.  The idea was also frequently used as a motif in western literature.  Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, published in 1897, depicts a paternalistic society through a repression of the female sex and a continuous exaltation of the domineering male sex.  Stoker communicates this idea through an abundant use of prominent male characters, the presence of merely two women, who are each extremely suppressed, either sexually or intellectually, and...   [tags: Dracula Essays]
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Language in Braham Stoker's Dracula - The Importance of Language in Dracula Braham Stoker's Dracula exhibits a noticeable tie to other monster stories, in that the creature is hindered by language, and often defeated by it. In Beowulf, the monster Grendel is unable to speak, and is excluded from the community. Shakespeare's Caliban of The Tempest was taught speech, and used it to curse. In Shelly's Frankenstein, the creature was hindered by knowing nothing at his creation as an adult, and becomes a monster partly from the treatment he receives by the people he meets, but also from the books he reads, which leads to his education of hatred and eventual downfall....   [tags: Dracula Essays] 459 words
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Victorian Sexuality in Stoker’s Dracula, LeFanu’s Carmilla, and Polidori’s Vampyre - Victorian Sexuality in Stoker’s Dracula, LeFanu’s Carmilla, and Polidori’s Vampyre Literature is representative of the time in which it is produced. Literature can reflect societal views, attitudes, and fears.Vampire literature, in particular, often represents the fears of a society.In the Victorian Era, a time of intense sexual repression, it was common for vampire stories to reflect the fear of sexuality that was rampant in society. Bram Stoker’s Dracula illustrated fears about sexual women in contrast to the woman who respected and abided by society’s sexual norms....   [tags: Dracula]
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Comparing the Nature of Terror in the Gothic Novels, Bram Stoker's Dracula and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - The two Gothic novels, Dracula and Frankenstein, introduced two of the most terrifying characters throughout all of literature. Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula, and Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, both present elements of terror and create a tense mood and a gruesome picture. In both of these novels the other characters are not able to see these evil creatures actions. Although both of these novels depict truly evil minds, Dracula is far more terrifying than Frankenstein due in part to its bloodthirsty vampires, mysterious deaths, and dark gothic tone....   [tags: dracula, frankenstein] 695 words
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The Use of Secondary Sources in Bram Stoker's "Dracula" - Bram Stoker uses secondary sources all throughout his novel in order to enhance the novel. He inserts a number of journal entries, newspaper articles, etc. instead of using a narrative point of view. By doing this, he has helped the reader understand more about what is going on, almost as if they are getting a behind-the-scenes view on the story, emotionally and physically. If Stoker had only used a narrative point of view, the reader wouldn’t know the character’s thoughts, emotions, or anything they were feeling at that moment....   [tags: Bram Stoker, secondary sources, Dracula] 626 words
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Bram Stoker's Dracula as a Romantic Myth - Bram Stoker's Dracula as a Romantic Myth In this paper, I will present my reflections and thoughts on the myth of Dracula in particular, and the vampyre in general, as a love story and show the deeply rooted links between the two myths and Christianity, as refracted through the prism of Francis Ford Coppola's film Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992). One of the most well known aspects of a vampyre is that it must feed upon the blood of the living; Dracula must drink to survive, (akin to people drinking the blood of Christ--the blood of divine life)....   [tags: Dracula Essays]
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Belief Systems and Gender Roles in Dracula - Belief Systems and Gender Roles in Dracula There is a classic "good versus evil" plot to this novel. The evil of course being Count Dracula and the Good being represented by the Harkers, Dr. Seward and Lucy, Arthur, Quincy and the Professor. It is the continuing battle between Dracula and the forces of good. Good in this case is the Christian God. The battle is foretold by the landlady where she says, "It is the eve of St Georges Day. Do you no know that tonight, when the clock strikes midnight, all the evil things in the world will have full sway?" and she hands Harker a crucifix (p 12)....   [tags: Dracula Essays] 1233 words
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Comparing Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the 1972 Film "Blacula" - Bram Stoker’s Dracula is not only a classic story of men and monsters, but a dramatic reactionary work to the perceived threats to Victorian society in nineteenth century England. In modern times there have been many film adaptations of the novel, each developing a unique analysis or criticism of the literary text within the framework of the society and time period in which it was created. The 1972 film Blacula is one of the most culturally specific variations on the story of Dracula, and highlights many of the themes and messages found in Stoker’s original text....   [tags: dracula, movies, films]
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Dracula's Death in Bran Stroker's Novel Dracula - Dracula's Death in Bram Stroker's Novel Dracula In Bram Stroker's infamous novel, Dracula, he tries to explain the life of the undead, then continues to explain how to kill these creatures of the night. We find out that you must stab a vampire in the heart with a wooden stake, and then slash off their head. This is the only way that we are led to believe that you may be able to kill these undead. We learn this through Stoker's vampire expert Van Helsing, he seems to be the most educated on the subject of the undead and creatures of the night, otherwise known as vampires....   [tags: Dracula Bra Stroker Vampires Essays] 605 words
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Such A Beast!: Sexuality And Humanization In Dracula - Over the course of cinematic history, many filmmakers have attempted to recreate the chilling, unprecedented world of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Arguably very few have succeeded, for the majority of directors tend to avoid the pervasive sexuality inherent in the novel. It is a difficult task to achieve, considering the blatant imagery surrounding sex and vampirism, such as the reproduction following a vampiric encounter and the phallocentric nature of the violence committed both by and against these creatures: penetration is involved in their hunting, and one must impale them with a stake in order to destroy them....   [tags: Dracula Film History Analysis] 1578 words
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Gender in Bram Stoker's Dracula - Gender in Bram Stoker's Dracula During the Victorian Era, women struggled to attain gender equality by challenging the traditional roles that defined them. These women no longer wanted to remain passive and obey the demands of their husbands nor be domestic and the caretakers of their children. They strived to attain the role of a 'New Woman', an intelligent, liberated individual who was able to openly express her ideas (Eltis 452). Whereas some women were successful in attaining this new role, others were still dominated by their male counterparts....   [tags: Bram Stoker Dracula Essays]
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Dracula by Bram Stoker - Evil never conquers because good always overcomes it. A good example of this is the book Dracula by Bram Stoker because the author expresses the nature of good vs. evil. Dracula wants to come to London because he wants to turn everyone into vampires. The basic background of the book Dracula is when Jonathan Harker, a realtor who is sent to Transylvania to complete a transaction with Dracula so he can come to England. What Harker does not know is that Dracula has a plan for world domination....   [tags: Dracula Bram Stoker Essays]
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What makes "Good" Characters Good in "Dracula" by Bram Stoker - In the book Dracula by Bram Stoker, he portrays the good characters as people who would wilfully go out of their way to help people without expecting anything in return. Some examples of this would be Dr. Van Helsing and his friends and people who try to help Lucy get back to normal. An example of why Van Helsing is so good is that when Dr. Seward asked him to come help Lucy when she was sick, he stopped whatever work he was doing and went to help Dr. Van Helsing was a vital part in helping to stop Dracula because he was an expert on Vampires....   [tags: Dracula, Bram Stoker, good, characters,] 631 words
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Braham Stoker's Dracula - Free Essay on Dracula In the novel Dracula there are many qualities that are necessary for success. Firstly determination is a key factor to succeeding; secondly revenge is a factor in succeeding; furthermore fearlessness plays a big role when they go to kill Lucy; lastly intelligence is needed to make all the plans. When Jonathan Harker get captured by Dracula he is afraid, but he is also determined to get free. "I can not say in this room much longer for I shall die," he said. A small crack of light appeared through the stones....   [tags: Dracula Essays] 506 words
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Money - The True Force Behind Braham Stoker's Dracula - Money - The True Force Behind Dracula      In Dracula (1897), Bram Stoker explores the "wonderful power of money" (Stoker 341). Through the actions of Van Helsing and the "Army of Light" Stoker ponders "What can it not do when it is properly applied; and what it might do when basely used!" (341) through Dracula's machinations. Though one does not usually associate a vampire with a bank statement, Dracula utilizes the power of money as well as his abilities to turn into dust and bats. By granting Dracula the same influence of the "blessed buck" that the Army of Light uses to acquire information, Stoker augments the Count's threat to British society and allows him to function as not...   [tags: Dracula Essays]
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Braham Stoker's Dracula and The Distrust Between the Sexes - Dracula and The Distrust Between the Sexes     "Unpleasant experiences with the opposite sex seem to be unavoidable" (Horney 342). This quote from Karen Horney's essay The Distrust Between the Sexes seems to be discussing Dracula. Though her essay, (a lecture originally given to the German's Women Medical Association in November 1930), does not mention Dracula directly, the points that she argued can be transposed onto Bram Stoker's Dracula. In her essay, Horney asserts that men are very concerned with self-preservation, and also that men have an innate fear of women in power positions and therefore do what they can to prevent women from obtaining "power positions,"; these two points are...   [tags: Dracula Essays]
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Foreshadowing, Mood, Mythical Parallels, and Narrative Elements in Dracula - Foreshadowing, Mood, Mythical Parallels, and Narrative Elements in Dracula       In the novel Dracula, by Bram Stoker, there is much evidence of foreshadowing and parallels to other myths.  Dracula was not the first story featuring a vampire myth, nor was it the last.  Some would even argue that it was not the best.  However, it was the most original, using foreshadowing and mood to create horrific imagery, mythical parallels to draw upon a source of superstition, and original narrative elements that make this story unique....   [tags: Dracula Essays]
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The Derivation of Incest and Pedophilia as a Repressed Societal Fear in Dracula - The Derivation of Incest and Pedophilia as a Repressed Societal Fear in Dracula Franco Moretti provides a cogent argument for a particular understanding of societal fears existing in the Britain mind of the Victorian Era manifest in the gothic novel, Dracula. In his reading of Dracula, he chooses to extrapolate these fears along the lines of Marxist and psychoanalytic interpretative frameworks. Though Moretti admits that “it is hard to unite them harmoniously” (Moretti 104), he does not suppose these two frameworks to be mutually exclusive....   [tags: Dracula Essays] 1459 words
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An Analysis of the New Woman Phenomenon Present in Bram Stokers Dracula - The gothic vampire classic Dracula, written by Bram Stoker, is one of the most well known novels of the nineteenth century. The story focuses on a vampire named Dracula who travels to England in search of new blood, but who eventually is found out and driven away by a group of newly minted vampire hunters. A major social change that was going on during the late nineteenth century, around the time of that this novel was being written, was the changing roles of women in British society which constituted as the “New Woman” movement and the novel seems to explore and worry about this subject extensively....   [tags: new woman, dracula, bram stoker]
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Bram Stoker's Dracula is Anti-Christian - Bram Stoker's Dracula is Anti-Christian There are many ways that Bram Stoker's Dracula can be considered Anti- Christian by showing of Anti-Christian values and perversions of the Christian religion. In chapter one as Jonathan Harker is traveling to Castle Dracula he is met by several people. When he meets these people and tells them where he is going they cross themselves along with doing several other superstiscious actions. One of the women he meets gives him a crucifix to protect him on his journey....   [tags: Bram Stoker Dracula Essays] 1507 words
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Repressed Sexuality in Bram Stoker's Dracula - Repressed Sexuality in Bram Stoker's Dracula       Perhaps no work of literature has ever been composed without being a product of its era, mainly because the human being responsible for writing it develops their worldview within a particular era.  Thus, with Bram Stoker's Dracula, though we have a vampire myth novel filled with terror, horror, and evil, the story is a thinly veiled disguise of the repressed sexual mores of the Victorian era.  If we look to critical interpretation and commentary to win support for such a thesis, we find it aplenty "For erotic Dracula certainly is.  'Quasi-pornography' one critic labels it.  Another describes it as a 'kind of incestuous, necrophilious, ora...   [tags: Bram Stoker Dracula Essays]
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The Treatment of Women in Bram Stoker's Dracula - The Treatment of Women in Bram Stoker's Dracula   In reading Bram Stoker's Dracula, I find the treatment of the two main female characters-- Lucy Westenra and Mina Harker-- especially intriguing. These two women are two opposite archetypes created by a society of threatened men trying to protect themselves. Lucy is the Medusa archetype. She is physically attractive, and wins the heart of any man who comes near her (e.g. Arthur, Quincey, Jack, and Van Helsing). Her chief quality is sensual beauty, but her sexual desire is repressed and not allowed to communicate....   [tags: Dracula Essays Females]
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Bram Stoker's Dracula - Bram Stoker's Dracula In act 2 scene 6 and act 3 scene 6 of the play ‘Dracula’, the playwrite creates impressive tension by using spine-chilling, ghostly settings, and slyly showing us situations in which characters such as vampires, prey on vulnerable characters such as Mina. Also, he uses soliloquies to give the opposing character no power. Also, by using soliloquies in these scenes he gives the point of view from the weak characters’ eyes. Firstly, the playwrite creates impressive tension by using shadowy, ghostly settings....   [tags: Bram Stoker Dracula Essays] 649 words
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Female Characters in Bram Stoker's Dracula - Female Characters in Bram Stoker's Dracula Having studied Bram Stoker's Dracula as part of my GCSE English Course, I am going to consider the representation of women in the novel. The three main characters I will study are Mina, Lucy, and the three female vampires (belonging to Dracula). I am going to consider the similarities and differences of each character, and how well they compare to traditional Victorian women. I will support my answers with quotes and evidence. During the early twentieth century, the traditional Victorian ideal would be a lady of leisure....   [tags: Dracula Bram Stoker Victorian Women Essays] 1234 words
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Knowledge in Stevenson's The Beach of Falesa and Stoker's Dracula - Knowledge in Stevenson's The Beach of Falesa and Stoker's Dracula Several works of late 19th century British imperial literature contrast the role of information with the role of superstition in colonial encounters. Looking at Stevenson’s “The Beach of Falesa” and Stoker’s Dracula, we see that information plays an important role in both British and non-British characters’ abilities to dominate over their opponents. However, each of these works differs in its treatment of rational and irrational forms of knowledge....   [tags: Stevenson Falesa Stoker Dracula Essays]
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The Gothic Tradition in Stoker's Dracula and Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray - The Gothic Tradition in Stoker's Dracula and Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray Gothic Literature was a natural progression from romanticism, which had existed in the 18th Century. Initially, such a ‘unique’ style of literature was met with a somewhat mixed response; although it was greeted with enthusiasm from members of the public, literary critics were much more dubious and sceptical. Gothic writing is a style of literature that relies upon the evocation of moods, feelings and imagery for impact....   [tags: Dracula Picture of Dorian Gray] 2369 words
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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula - Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula Evil features in both ‘Dracula’ and ‘Frankenstein’ but the personification of this evil is different in both novels. A feeling of menace and doom pervades ‘Dracula’ because of his supernatural powers. One feels that he has control of the evil and he has the power to manipulate the environment and people for his own ends. ‘Frankenstein’ centres on the creation of a monster made from parts of dead bodies and the fear created by the monster due to circumstance and the ignorance of society....   [tags: Shelley Stoker Frankenstein Dracula Essays] 1804 words
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Dracula As an Outsider - Dracula, as it was written by Bram Stoker, presents to us possibly the most infamous monster in all of literature. Count Dracula, as a fictional character, has come to symbolize the periphery between the majority and being an outsider to that group. Dracula’s appeal throughout the years and genres no doubt stems from his sense of romanticism and monster. Reader’s no doubt are attracted to his “bad-boy” sensibilities, which provide an attraction into the novel. Looking first at his appearance, personality, and behaviour at the beginning of the novel, we can easily see Dracula’s blurred outsider status, as he occupies the boundaries of human and monster....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Dracula and the Mafia - “If we fail in this our fight he must surely win; and then where end we. Life is nothings…but to fail here is not mere life or death. It is that we become as him; that we hence forward become foul things of the night like him–without heart or conscience, preying on the bodies and the souls of those we love best” (Stoker 253). With these words Van Helsing explains that it is a human impulse to destroy the other out of fear of becoming the other. Dracula’s otherness frightens Van Helsing because he represents the destruction of human moral....   [tags: Character Analysis ]
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Discourse in Dracula - No work of literature is ever written without consideration of the context of the time period of which it was constructed. Dracula, by Bram Stoker, and the film adaptation of the same text by Francis Coppola, differ greatly in attitudes, values and beliefs despite the fact that the film is based on the text. Furthermore, the added embellishments which no doubt make the film more pleasing to the viewer such as increased gore drown out the symbols of values and beliefs conveyed through the individual text....   [tags: Bram Stoker, Novel, Film, Analysis] 756 words
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Carmilla and Dracula - Gothic Essay o A querying of normative gender behaviour and sexuality pervades the 19th century gothic fiction text. What does this reveal about the cultural context within the tale exists. This essay will attempt to discuss the two gothic tales ‘Carmilla’ and ‘Dracula’ in relation to cultural contexts in which they exist as being presented to the reader through the gender behaviour and sexuality that is portrayed through the texts. Vampire stories always seem to involve some aspect of sexuality and power....   [tags: Gothic Essay, Gender Behavior, Sexuality]
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Dante and Dracula - The Count’s actions throughout the novel Dracula, would have placed him in the second level of Hell in Dante’s Inferno, lust. Jonathan had just entered the chapel in Castle Dracula for the second time. He then began to search for the Count’s body among the coffins. He found the Count in the same coffin as before, and he removed the lid. He found the Count lying there, with his mouth covered in blood. The Count looked as if his youthfulness has been partially restored. Then I stopped to look at the Count....   [tags: Hell, Vampires]
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Dracula and the Modern Vampire - His skin is pale, with slicked-back hair, lips blood red, and his pearly white teeth sharp; he’s Dracula, the original vampire. Bram Stoker’s famous novel Dracula, which was written in 1897, started the vampire craze that still lasts today. It has sparked numerous novels, movies, and songs across the world through the year, and its popularity is still growing. As times have changed, so have Dracula and his predecessors. Dracula is about Count Dracula meeting this human Jonathan Harker for business and Jonathan along with his friends learn that Count Dracula is a vampire....   [tags: Twilight, Concept Improvement]
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Bram Stoker's Dracula - Bram Stoker's Dracula Bram Stoker's Dracula is one of the most renowned British novels of all time. It has left its marks on many aspects of literature and film. Many thematic elements are present throughout the story and have been interpreted in many ways. Stoker uses his characters to manifest the themes that he wishes to imply. Three themes that present themselves throughout the book are the theme of Christian Redemption, science and technology, and sexual expression. Christian Redemption is shown in many ways throughout the book....   [tags: Dracular Bram Stoker] 1686 words
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The Narrative Method of Dracula - The word ‘monster’ derives from the Latin words ‘monere’ and ‘monstrare’. ‘Monere’ means to warn against something, while ‘monstrare’ means to show something. If these two origins are put together, the word ‘monster’ obtains the meaning of something that is shown to warn. In relation to Dracula, this would allow a whole series of question from what makes Dracula a monster to what does he warn the reader against. In this essay I will mainly deal with the question of what makes Dracula a monster; however I will bear other questions in mind such as why Dracula is seen as a monster by the crew of light....   [tags: monster, Dr Seward, Bram Stoker, etymology]
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The Central Plot of Dracula - While the character of Renfield is ostensively extraneous to the central plot of Dracula, he fulfils an important role in Stoker’s exploration of the central themes of the novel. This paper will examine how Renfield character is intertwined with the three central themes of invasion, blood and otherness. Firstly, through Renfield’s inner struggle we learn that he is ‘not his own master’ (Stoker, 211). The theme of invasion is revealed by the controlling and occupying powers of Count Dracula....   [tags: renfield, social construction]
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An Analysis of Bram Stoker's Dracula - Bram Stoker’s Dracula is the story about how the small company of men and a woman lead by Professor Abraham Van Helsing combats against Count Dracula, who moves from Transylvania to England in order to manipulate people as “foul things of the night like him, without heart or conscience, preying on the bodies and the souls of those [they] love best” (223). Stoker employs an epistolary format in this novel and nowadays, Dracula becomes one of popular literary works representing epistolary novels written in the nineteenth century....   [tags: literature, epistolary representation]
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Stoker's Portrayal of Women in "Dracula" - Similar to almost every piece of literature ever created, Dracula by Bram Stoker has been interpreted many different ways, being torn at from every angle possible. Just as one might find interest in interpreting novels differently, he or she might also find interest in the plot, prose, or theme, all of which ultimately lead to the novels overall tone. Throughout the novel, it becomes blatant that the novel contains an underlying theme of female incompetence and inferiority. Through a true feminist’s eyes, this analysis can clearly be understood by highlighting the actions of Mina and Lucy, the obvious inferior females in the book....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 1196 words
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Analysis of a Novel About Dracula - 1. Time: The role of time in Dracula is very important. Looking at life through each person’s eyes makes the whole ordeal seem more realistic. After Jonathan's last entry in Chapter 4, we are left wondering whether he made it out alive or not. The time suspense here draws us in wanting to know more and more. Time’s importance also has to do with occurrences of good versus evil. The evil things always happen at night in the dark, and night has always been represented as a dark, evil concept. 2. Sleep, dreams, and hypnosis: The use of hypnosis in Dracula is simply proving who has the upper-hand in the timeline....   [tags: Hypnosis, Sexuality, Religion] 655 words
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Dracula the Stereotypical Homosexual - In Bram Stokers Dracula, the Count Dracula represents a homosexual figure, which in Victorian times was seen as an inversion of the “typical” male figure. Diana Kindron states the Victorian idea of a homosexual was one of a male body being fused with a female soul. This is just what Count Dracula represents in Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula. By Amanda Podonsky, “The Count seems to be an exaggerated representation of the concept concerning ‘evils’ of abnormality and how it can spread and infect.” This says how Dracula represents the fear of Victorians at that time of something abnormal, in this case homosexuality....   [tags: bram stokers, victorian times, homosexualism]
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Dracula - While the character of Renfield is ostensively extraneous to the central plot of Dracula, he fulfils an important role in Stoker’s exploration of the central themes of the novel. This paper will examine how Renfield character is intertwined with the three central themes of invasion, blood and otherness. Firstly, through Renfield’s inner struggle we learn that he is ‘not his own master’ (Stoker, 211). The theme of invasion is revealed by the controlling and occupying powers of Count Dracula. Secondly, the recurring theme ‘the Blood is the Life’ (Stoker, 121), is portrayed throughout the novel and has been interpreted through Stoker’s character Renfield....   [tags: Character Analysis, Renfield] 894 words
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The Film Dracula by Bran Stoker - Bram Stoker’s Dracula had no copyright license over reprints of Stoker’s original work. However, because Stoker’s widow had obtained copyright license over theatrical productions, at the time, that also included films. Therefore, while Nosferatu is a horror film based primarily off of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, directed by F.W. Murnau, it follows an almost identical plot with the exception of the characters’ names. Although eventually, Mrs. Stoker did win an infringement lawsuit against the makers of Nosferatu....   [tags: dark romanticism, silent film, Bram Stoker]
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Dracula - The people of the Philippines believe in a creature called the mandurugo, a vampiric creature that takes form of a beautiful girl by day, but grows wings and a hollow, thread like tongue used to suck the blood of the sleeping at night. The Cape region in Africa has the folklore of the impundulu, which has the ability to transform into a large taloned bird that can control thunder and lightning. Vampires are seen in stories and folklore throughout civilizations and generations. Even though people knew of vampires, Bram Stoker’s novel made people fear them by terrifying his reader’s with his persona Dracula....   [tags: Literature] 845 words
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Dracula - Dracula is the nightmare many have and fail to forget. A creature that sucks blood, with the persona to match. Steel vise, the infamous cape, the complete Gothic black attire, he is a creature of mystery, fear, and confusion. "He was very pale, and his eyes seemed bulging out as, half in terror and half in amazement, he gazed at a tall, thin man, with a beaky nose and black moustache and pointed beard..." (Stoker 274) Author Bram Stoker’s character Dracula is examined to portray a direct representation of the constant human weaknesses and flaws present throughout the novel, whether it be fear of man itself, or the constant misunderstanding that no one person rules the entire world....   [tags: Character Analysis] 823 words
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Dracula, by Bram Stoker - In the year 1897, Bram Stoker releases the crown jewel of the 20th century: his vampire epic Dracula. Ever since Dracula, Transylvania, and castles have been associative of vampirism, the world has become “bloody”. There are slight deviations to the novel, but the majority of them are fairly partial to the novel. Worldly views show Dracula as an old man with a new face. The inception of Bram Stoker’s Dracula has been the melting pot of the recreations and incarnations of the world’s deadliest, bloodsucking vampire, Count Dracula....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 904 words
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The Real Count Dracula - The Real Count Dracula It all started with Count Dracula, a blood sucking, immortal monster. Dracula could turn into a bat by night, and if he was touched by even the smallest ray of light during the day, he would burn into a smoking pile of ash. Dracula had fangs that he used to break the skin on the necks of people he drank the blood from. Dracula could live as long as he wanted to, if he could survive that long. Dracula lived in Transylvania. Many people have heard different stories of Count Dracula, and not all are the same....   [tags: power, vamipire, enemy]
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Dracula the Impaled Reputation - Dracula: a name that inspires thoughts of intrigue, fear, romance and in some a life style that is all its own. Yet one thing that is not always known is that there is a true story hidden behind the legend of Dracula. More than one actually, one in which a man is a demon who executes a hundred thousand men, impaling them, and dinning on their blood. Then there is the story of a patriot who cares for his people and is only doing what he must to protect them from the invading armies. The latter of which is less known, yet in the most famous book about Dracula, Bram Stoker brings forth many of the true facts about Vlad Țepeș also known as Vlad the Impaler....   [tags: Character Analysis ]
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Dracula and Women in Bram Stoker's Dracula - In the 19th century Bram Stoker wrote the infamous novel, Dracula. This novel was composed in the style of letters, journal entries, newspaper articles and telegrams in order to convey to the reader a realistic story. The story of Dracula is about an ancient vampire who moves to London from his native country of Transylvania. In London, Dracula seduces and bites a young woman by the name of Lucy Westenra. When Lucy falls sick, no one knows how to help her because while Dracula has bitten her many times she has always been in a trance....   [tags: essays research papers] 1796 words
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Dracula by Bram Stoker - As the saying goes, “Women can do everything Men can do.” In the Gothic Novel Dracula by Bram Stoker, there is a constant theme of sexuality, from both male and females in society. In the Victorian era, the roles of male and females have caused a lot of tension. After reading Dracula, some would argue the roles men and women hold in society. As mentioned in Dr. Seward’s Dairy from Val Halsing., “Ah, that wonderful Madam Mina. She has man’s brain—a brain that a man should have were he much gifted—and a woman’s heart....   [tags: Men, Women, Gender Roles, Gothic Novel]
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Cupcake Dracula in Our Kitchen - ... Happy birthday!- Mrs. Valentine said to Sara while giving her a huge hug. They were both tired so they went to sleep. They have eaten a lot of candy during the night, but they were happy and ready for the party that night. Sara was exited for tonight, she couldn’t fall asleep because of thinking how the party would be. Finally she fell asleep, she started dreaming. (in her dream) Sara woke up. Her mother was not in the bed, she thought she was already in the kitchen making breakfast for her birthday, so she step out of bead and walk down the stairs....   [tags: personal narrative] 940 words
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Dracula, by Bram Stoker - The term Gothic originates from the Northern tribes that invaded Europe in the 4th, 5th, and 6th centuries. When founded, Gothic writings were created to express new feelings toward order, nature, and emotion. Resulting from connecting all key elements together, Bram Stoker created one of the most well written Gothic novels of all time. Stoker includes gothic elements in his characterization, setting, and plot to expand the consciousness of his characters and readers, while simultaneously expanding the boundaries of the Victorian World....   [tags: Gothic Theme]
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Comparison of Dracula and Bram Stoker's Dracula - Compare/Contrast Dracula and Bram Stoker's Dracula A noticeable difference in the way movies have changed over the years is evident when comparing and contrasting two films of different eras which belong to the same genre and contain the same subject matter. Two vampire movies, Dracula and Bram Stoker's Dracula, present an interesting example of this type of study. Comparing the 1931 version of Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi, with Frances Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula 1993 version yields some similarities....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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Dracula by Bram Stoker - Throughout the Victorian era, a woman’s sole purpose was to marry, produce children, keep the house clean and have dinner on the table by the time their husband returned from work. They were restricted to working tedious jobs at minimum wage until they were married and were not allowed to receive a real education. Once married, a woman was expected to become a fulltime mother and house wife tending to the needs in the home on command. All these lovely skills were that of the traditional Victorian women....   [tags: victorian era, women's role]
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Dracula: The Contemporary Dissolution of His Purpose - ... Secondly, “the story of his race” is peculiar (33); Dracula speaks of the history as inclusive and presents his “blood” as greater than devils or witches (35). Thirdly, Dracula asks Harker to write letters, however Harker remarks that he “has no choice” (37), to his employer and loved ones first, to inform them he will remain with Dracula “until a month from now” (37), then to tell them he is safe and returning from Transylvania. During the first request of the letters, Dracula takes “no refusal” from Harker, supporting Harker’s fears of his imprisonment....   [tags: Bram Stoker's novel analysis]
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The Women in Dracula - The Women of Dracula Throughout the book Dracula, the author, Bram Stoker, portrays many different aspects of women's roles in the 19th century. Since this novel was published many films have been created based on Stoker's story line. Nosferatu, a silent film, depicts the women of the story, other than Mina, as minimal characters. The movie Dracula, filmed in the 1930's, stays very true to the novel, with only minor changes to the characters and plot. All three of the works depict the same women differently, thus changing the complete literary artistic nature of each piece....   [tags: European Literature Bram Stoker Vampires]
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The Dracula in Literature - Overtime, vampires have been depicted through many different forms of art, and the myth of the vampire has remained very popular. The general appearance of vampires over the years has changed very little, however the context in which they are placed has varied greatly. It is this change in context and scenario that makes each story distinct and keeps us interested in the myth of vampires. In Bram Stoker's Dracula, the vampire character of Count Dracula is characterized as a charming, well educated, wealthy man with the ominous physical characteristics of a stereotypical vampire....   [tags: Book Reviews] 938 words
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The Perversion and Triumph of Christian Ideas in Dracula - Throughout the Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, one is presented with the presence of many Christian ideals and symbols throughout the text. Count Dracula’s appearance and actions seem to display the perversion of various Christian ideals and symbols and Dr. Van Helsing uses various Christian symbols to defeat Count Dracula. Given that Van Helsing and his posse are able to use the Christian imagery to drive Dracula back to Castle Dracula and eventually defeat him, Stoker might be suggesting that the power of the Christianity and the Christian God will always prevail in a match against evil and the devil....   [tags: literature, vampire, religious beliefs]
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The Dragon in Brain Stoker´s Dracula - ... Several blood transfusions are given to Lucy but yet she still dies. Lucy then turns into a vampire. Lucy is then stabbed and beheaded to ensure her death. Harker finally returned to England and is wedded to Mina. Mina is then fed upon Dracula and she is forced to feed upon him, this starts the next chain of events. Jonathan Harker, Van Helsing, Quincy Morris, Dr.Seward, and Arthur Holmwood all set out in search of Dracula in order to destroy him and save Mina. Dracula, meaning dragon in Romanian, represents a diabolical monster power....   [tags: power, human, virtue, transfer] 960 words
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Bram Stoker's Dracula - Victorian Women were highly held back in their full potential. Their main role in the household was to “be happy - a sunbeam in the house, making others happy” (Hardy, E.J. 1887). On top of this, Women in the Victorian era were not allowed to display their sexuality or “tempt” men in public; they were meant to be submissive and meek (Causey S., 2008). The Victorian era lasted from 1837 til 1901, with women being punished everyday for crimes that are nowadays just part of living for a woman. Bram Stoker was born during this era and wrote his most famous novel, Dracula (Miller, E....   [tags: WOmens Discourse, Vicctorian Era]
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A Feminist Interpretation of Bram Stoker's Dracula - In his Literary Theory: The Basics, H. Bertens classifies stereotypes of women in literature into a number of categories; dangerous seductress, self-sacrificing angel, dissatisfied shrew, and defenseless lamb, completely incapable of self-sufficiency, or self-control, and dependent on male intervention. Bertens concludes that the primary objective of these women – or “constructions” – is to serve a “not-so-hidden purpose: the continued cultural and social domination of males”. One such novel that came under feminist scrutiny for these particular reasons was Bram Stoker’s Dracula, although this perlustration didn’t occur until 70 years after Stoker originally penned his masterpiece....   [tags: Women's Role, Allusion] 1558 words
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Literature of Psychology in Dracula by Bram Stoker - ... As Harker tries to comfort the old lady, so he can presume his journey, she reaches over and offers him a crucifix off her neck. Harker does not know what to do, as he is an English Churchman, but he accepts the crucifix to calm her down. As his journey continues, Harker finally reaches the territory of the Mansion. Upon entering the mansion, he notices Count Dracula, “His face was strong-very strong-aquiline, with high bridge of the thin nose and peculiarly arched nostrils; with lofty domed forehead, and hair growing scantily round the temples but profusely elsewhere.” (Stoker 165)....   [tags: analysis, introspection, experiment] 1367 words
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Vlad III Dracula: A Madman and Hero - Vlad III Dracula was considered a hero to some and a madman to others. Vlad ruled as prince, or voivode, of Wallachia, Hungary three times during the mid 1400s A.D. During his second reign, Vlad used several different tactics against the Ottoman Turks and other opponents. He expertly employed psychological and torture techniques; his most famous method was impalement. Vlad’s tactics were unconventional, but proved in keeping Wallachia safe for his people and leading a crusade against the Turks....   [tags: Biography, Military History]
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Good and Evil in Dracula by Bram Stoker - What if in between good and evil did not exist. Where would you stand. Today, it is believed that everyone was born with the slightest bit of evil in them. In the Victorian Era, this theory would be considered very wrong, because one would either be all good, or all evil. In Dracula, by Bram Stoker, good versus evil was symbolised throughout the book as two antithetical forces without an in between. By clearly demonstrating the relationship between the dualistic ideas of intuition versus logic, good characters facing figures comparable to the devil, and symbolism within the natural world, Bram Stoker effectively recounts a “holy war” between the antagonistic forces of good and evil....   [tags: evil, good, world, natural] 635 words
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Bram Stoker’s Dracula - In the 19th century, this basis of scary and thriller books started to emerge. This essay will be about who Dracula enticed women, how his detainer was unsettling and demonic. How the era in which the novel was written plays a part in the ideas of Dracula and how behaves; with such things as women, food, and Harker. The Victorian era definitely influenced the writing of the time through reflections of exploitation of women and a certain darkness in ones self, also explains of mystery and suspense....   [tags: scary, thriller books]
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Vlad the Impaler and His Connections to Dracula - In this paper, the reader will learn about Vlad Tepes, or as we know him as Vlad the Impaler. After reading this the reader will know what made him who he was and what made him terrifying, his wives, children, his accomplishments, as well as a little background information about his father and the man who invented Dracula, the vampire we all know today. Vlad the Impaler was well known for punishing the people who defied him be impaling them on a stake and raising the in the town square, earning him the name Tepes, which means The Impaler, often he had stakes arranged in geometric patterns....   [tags: stake, torture, dragon]
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Intertextual Exchange in Carmilla, Dracula and the Historian - “Writers seldom duplicate their influential precursor(s); rather, they often work within a certain framework established by other writers or generic conventions, but vary aspects of it in significant ways” (Friedman 155). Sheridan Le Fanu’s, Carmilla, Bram Stoker’s, Dracula and Elizabeth Kostova’s, The Historian, clearly engage in this intertextual exchange, as evidenced by their use of narrative structure and striking character parallels. Published in 1872, Le Fanu relates the story of Carmilla from a first person point of view, through four distinct perspectives....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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