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					 Bram
Stoker’s

Dracula

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• Abraham Stoker     Bram Stoker
• Born in 1847 in
  Dublin, Ireland
• 1897 Dracula
  Published
• 1922 First movie
  based on Dracula
  ("Nosferatu")
  released in Germany

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         Dracula The Myth
• Vampires had
  existed in
  folklore and
  legend for
  hundreds of
  years, back to
  ancient times.

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•Count Dracula is          Misconceptions
destroyed by having a      about Dracula
stake driven through his
heart.
• Count Dracula cannot go
out in the sunlight.
Stoker's inspiration for the
character of Count Dracula
was Vlad the Impaler.
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Conflicts in Dracula




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Technology vs. Superstition
• Dracula a romantic figure
  and Renaissance nobleman is
  pitted against representatives
  of modern law and medicine.
  These representatives fight
  him with modern technology.

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THEMES


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• Humanities fear of things
   that cannot be explained
  scientifically or rationally.
• A warning against blindly
 yielding to the wiles of sex.
    Threat of female sexual
           expression
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• The Consequences of
  Modernity
• The Promise of Christian
  Salvation


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• Blood               Motifs
  –It is the source of Dracula’s life
  –Sexual intercourse (mingling of
    bodily fluids )
• Science and Superstition
  –Modernity vs. Old ways
• Christian Iconography
  –Saved by all things religious

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         Symbols
• The Weird Sisters
• Stake
• The Czarina Catherine


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Johnathon Harker
        • English
          solicitor.
        • Trapped in
          Dracula’s
          Castle
        • Love interest
          of Mina.

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       Mina Murray
Fiancé of
 Johnathon.
Represents the
 ideal
 Victorian
 woman

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Count Dracula
       • Mysterious
         Nobleman
       • Transforms
         into animals
         to disguise
         himself

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        Dr. Seward
• Head of mental
  hospital
• Lucy’s former
  suitor.

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Dr. Van Helsing
          • Represents
            Good.
          • Takes care of
            Lucy.
          • Brillant doctor.

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Reinfield   • Obsessed
              with Dracula
            • Patient of
              Dr. Sewards.
            • Crazy
            • Methodical

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Lucy   • Mina’s best
         friend
       • Rich (represents
         the new woman)
       • Bitten and
         becomes a
         vampire

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Arthur • Lucy’s fiancé
         •   A Lord
         •   Rich
         •   Heroic
         •   Helps no matter
             what the danger


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Quincy
   • Texan
   • Lucy’s suitor
   • Stays friends
     with Arthur
   • Courageous


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