Vampires, they have sharp teeth, black capes, perfect skin and black hair, one of the key inspirations to how we see the vampire today is Bram Stoker's book Dracula, written in 1897. Over time the idea of a vampire has evolved from the standard can't go out in the sun and can only drink human blood to sparkling in the sun and can live off of a animal's blood. Either the change occurred from the evolution of writing styles or just written in a way to make a book as popular as possible. This essay will explore the idea of a vampire before and after the book Dracula was made as well as the key inspirations for the book itself. Including comparisons of how we see vampires today versus how they were seen back when Dracula was originally written.
Gothic literature was developed during the eighteenth and nineteenth century of the Gothic era when war and controversy was too common. It received its name after the Gothic architecture that was becoming a popular trend in the construction of buildings. As the buildings of daunting castles and labyrinths began, so did the beginning foundation of Gothic literature. The construction of these buildings will later become an obsession with Gothic authors. For about 300 years before the Renaissance period, the construction of these castles and labyrinths continued, not only in England, but also in Gothic stories (Landau 2014). Many wars and controversies, such as the Industrial Revolution and Revolutionary War, were happening at this time, causing the Gothic literature to thrive (“Gothic Literature” 2011). People were looking for an escape from the real world and the thrill that Gothic literature offered was exactly what they needed. Gothic literature focuses on the horrors and the dark sides to the human brain, such as in Mary Shelley’s book Frankenstein. Gothic literature today, as well as in the past, has been able to separate itself apart from other types of literature with its unique literary devices used to create fear and terror within the reader.
Literary Heritage 2201
6 October 2017
Dracula Paper Assignment
Bram Stoker’s Dracula includes themes of death, love, and sex. Stoker’s use of empiricism utilizes the idea that everything is happening “now”. The book offers clear insight into who is evil without explicitly saying it. Stoker’s interest in empiricism uses British womanhood as a way to distinguish between good and evil.
BP6/Topic Sentence: Another crucial theme in Dracula is Religion or the power of Christ, which is mixed with science, and the reliance the characters have on the two things to kill Dracula and save them from his deviant thrall.
Vampires have been a pop culture icon for many years being displayed in shows and books such as Vampire Diaries or Twilight. The common theme in these books/movies is the romance between a vampire and a human. Before all of this came to be thought vampires were viewed as more sinister characters who would feed on humans and terrorize towns. In mythology, vampires have been seen as only evil people who kill and hunt to their heart's content, but in more modern society they have been viewed as romantic, attractive characters that everyone would want as their partners. This view point of vampires has changed people's opinions a lot since the time Dracula was written. In Bram Stoker’s Dracula, he used the older views on vampires to display moral
...are depicted in many instances in order to draw upon a source of superstition for added affirmation. Finally, original narrative elements are conceived in order to bring together a central theme of unity, which stresses the teamwork by which the protagonists defeated the vampires. Bram Stoker applies these elements to create an enriching, compelling plot in the novel Dracula.
...t, and by entering the West, has created a backwards colonialism that opposes the precise nature of the Western world. Mina attempts to combat this destruction as she runs up the “endless steps to the abbey.” Instead of thinking about Lucy, she concludes that “[she] must have gone fast,” which is her attempt at categorizing the unknown time it took her to run up the steps. This void of the unknown that surrounds Dracula is extremely threatening to Mina, and her actions throughout the chapter are overly rational as a way to make up for not knowing. The supernatural is too far out of her comprehensible understanding, and thus, Mina has to break every detail down and assume there is an explanation for all of it. Although Lucy is in danger, Mina would rather think about the world in comprehensible terms than have to admit that it was a beast that she saw, not a man.
The Literary Career of Bram Stoker
Abraham (Bram) Stoker was born November 8, 1847 at 15 The Crescent,
Clontarf, North of Dublin, the third of seven children. For the first 7
years of his life Stoker was bedridden with a myriad of childhood diseases
which afforded him much time to reading. By the time he went to college,
Stoker had somehow overcome his childhood maladies and while at Trinity
College, Dublin, the honor student was involved in soccer and was a
marathon running champion. He was also involved in various literary and
dramatic activities, a precursor to his later interests in the theater and
his involvement with the rising action Henry Irving, whose performance he
had critiqued as a student at Trinity. After graduation from college, and
in his father's footsteps, he became a civil servant, holding the position
of junior clerk in the Dublin Castle.
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. This style of writing was developed during an age of great scientific discovery – such literature marked a reaction against the prevailing ‘Age of Enlightenment’.
Dracula, by Bram Stoker, is a classic tale of Gothicism. Traditionally, gothic tales only carried single theme of horror. Through Dracula, Stoker breaks this single theme barrier. The theme throughout Dracula is clearly displayed through the characters as they step from ignorance to realization in this tale of horror.