Zainab Mahdi

English 1B

Professor Ramos

11/16/2018

 

DRACULA

Vampires are considered evil mythological beings who roam the world at night searching for people whose blood they feed upon. Vampire’s origins go back to thousands of years in almost every culture in the world. They may be the best-known classic monsters of all. Most people associate vampires with Count Dracula, the legendary, blood-sucking subject of Bram Stoker’s epic novel, Dracula, which was published in 1897. The novel introduced the character of Count Dracula, and established many conventions of subsequent vampire fantasy. Dracula has been assigned too many literary genres including vampire literature, horror fiction, the gothic novel and more.

There are almost as many different characteristics of vampires as there are vampire legends, but the main characteristic of vampires is they drink human blood. They drink the blood to give them the power they needed to survive, they can’t resist the blood, if they didn’t drink the blood, they will be weak and they will lose all the super power they each have, so it’s something important for them. They typically drain their victim’s blood using their sharp fangs, killing them and turning them into vampires like them. In general, vampires hunt at night since sunlight weakens their powers. Some may be able to morph into a bat or a wolf. Vampires have super strength and often have a hypnotic, sensual effect on their victims. They can’t see their image in a mirror and cast no shadows.

Dracula is considered a monster to us due to the inhuman abilities and what he can cause harm to the human race. We always hear him that he will cause death or sickness to us so we afraid him. A great quote to illustrate the subject is one of the scenes from Untold Dracula when the Prince, Vlad, said “Men don’t fear swords. They fear monsters. They run from them.” Other thing to make him monster is his appearance . Dracula appearance is important to understand the monster. In the “book the Count is described as “His face was a strong, a 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. His eyebrows were very massive, almost meeting over the nose, and with bushy hair that seemed to curl in its own profusion. The mouth, so far as I could see it under the heavy moustache, was fixed and rather cruel-looking, with peculiarly sharp white teeth. These protruded over the lips, whose remarkable ruddiness showed astonishing vitality in a man of his years. For the rest, his ears were pale, and at the tops extremely pointed. The chin was broad and strong, and the cheeks firm though thin. The general effect was one of extraordinary pallor”. Ch. 2 So this shows the image of Dracula as Bram Stoker described him to us to give us idea of Dracula physical characters; he used a very clear explanation of Dracula picture which shows how he looks.

Dracula 1931 was the first movie to represent the novel by Bram Stoker. He was viewed as having fang, wearing black and white suit with a long black cape.  Dracula main point was to travel from Transylvania to London so he could be closer to modern society, and that he may find new blood and spread the undead curse. His performances was working well, he was trying to get revenge from a doctor by reaching his daughter and makes her drink the blood to be one of his victims.

Dracula strength is a lot, they are way stronger than human they have the superpower, the main target for the vampire Dracula was the women’s. The main attention for Dracula in the movie is Mina. Dracula attacks Mina every time while she is trying to sleep in her room; eventually he takes revenge by visiting and biting Mina at least three times. Dracula also feeds Mina his blood, dooming her to become a vampire should she die.

Dracula weakness is that he will die if he exposes to the sun because vampires can’t live or see the light which is the sun, so they always show up at night. Dracula also fears mirror. In one of the movie scenes Dracula couldn’t look in the mirror he can’t see his reflection because vampires don’t have souls so the light will be just passing through them. Also Dracula hate garlic. Vampires are blood suckers that will not suck blood that contains antibacterial from garlic. This is because they suffer from porphyritic hemophilia, that’s why they put garlic in Mina room to let him get away from her.

For the Dracula Untold (2014) the film creates an origin story for its character, Count Dracula; in this version, Dracula is Vlad the Impaler, he was Wallachian prince who ruled Transylvania and Walachia. The different thing is that Dracula did not wear a suit with a black cape rather he wore a knight in armor suit due to him being is war to fight the Turks.  In the movie Untold Dracula, The Turkish sultan Mehmed orders mass conscription, Vlad does what any regent would do: He asks a vampire for superpowers. The vampire told him that he will become a vampire for three days and then turn human again, as long as he doesn’t drink blood in the meantime, however, The vampire allowed Vlad to drink his blood, and he told him “Drink you will have the taste of my power the strength of 100 men, the speed of a falling star, dominion over the night and all its creatures, to see and hear through their sense”. This show that the prince will turns to vampire in order to save his kingdom. Dracula was made a monster, in his time of need to protect the ones he loved. So not like the older Dracula stories where he is a monster killing people for fun, this new Dracula killed to protect his people,his wife, and son.

The monster connects to Cohen theses. The monster is a pure cultural body, this way they chose many different characters of Dracula like the old, new, and even kids cartoon version, so it changes with the culture and time. Each culture will produce their own monsters and their own versions of monsters. There is different version of vampires or Dracula and there is always something new about the monster to show it up. The Monster Always Escapes by Cohen applies to Dracula in the form that no matter what happens to him in any of the film adaptations there will always be another Dracula coming in the next time; they will escape and then come back. The Monster Is the Harbinger of Category Crisis; Monster cannot fit into any specific category. Dracula needed to transform into a bat for him to escape and be away. In the 1931 movie Dracula was transfer to one bat while in the untold Dracula he was transferred to many bats even though he was a human looking. The Monster Dwells at the Gates of Difference; which means people who are different viewed as monsters and the monsters cause threat to the humans. Also going against what was considered the norm of the culture was considered monstrous, one scene to represent that was when Vlad the prince or Dracula in the movie “Untold Dracula” people in were trying to burn him because they think he is a monster to them, so he is their enemy now even though he is the ruler of the kingdom and they must obey him.  The Fear of the Monster Is Really a Kind of Desire. This shows how much money we sent to see something that’s scares us. People payed so much money to make the movie Dracula and then we pay also money to go watch it. Human likes to get scared it’s like a kind of desire for us because of this there will always be new films about Dracula, we always feel excited about watching what is happening, so that is our desire we like the mystery in conclusion Dracula could always fit to Cohen Monster theses.

 

 

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Cohen, Jeffrey Jerome. “Monster Culture: Seven Theses.” From Monster Theory: Reading Culture. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1996. 3-25

Kenigsberg, Ben. “Whatever You Do, Don’t Drink Blood.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 9 Oct. 2014, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/10/movies/dracula-untold-in-which-prince-vlad-battles-the-turks.html.