Allusions In Dracula

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Everyone has heard of Count Dracula. He is the “original” vampire. He was born within the mind of an author named Bram Stoker. Bram Stoker included many aspects of his life, beliefs and research into the novel. These include feminism from his mother, allusions to Transylvanian history, and his hatred of the upper class. The novel also includes complex characters who are perfect for Freudian analysis. These allusions and psychotic characters scare the reader, and put them in a world where humans are not on the top of the food chain. Bram Stoker’s Dracula can be analysed in a variety of different criticisms that when used together reveal the novels true splendor. Stoker was bom in Ireland on November 8, 1847. Bram Stoker, “was a sickly child, …show more content…
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This strips them of their identities as husband and wife. Mina is also somewhat maternal in her protection of Jonathan. Dracula takes away their identities as a man and as a woman. (Armstrong) He takes away their identities to strip them in every sense of the word. They are now just human beings. Mina might be protective of Jonathon like a mother would be because she has been taking care of him when he just returned from the Carpathians. She might love him more like a mother than a wife, all women might have a motherly instinct. One might consider Dracula to be based on the ruler Vlad Dracul, known as Vlad the Impaler. One of the most obvious similarities is the name. They also share the birth of a family from high status. The vampire Dracula is known as Count Dracula, one of the higher forms of nobility. Vlad the Impaler was a prince, another high
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. . hidden treasures are said to betray their site by a glowing flame."15” (Ingelbeen) This most likely inspired the blue flames that Jonathan sees as he is traveling to Dracula’s castle in the beginning of the novel. “Draculas confirmation is almost a quotation from Stokers source; the Count goes on to explain that the treasures were buried during the numerous invasions to which the region was subjected.”(Ingelbein) Wallachia where the real Vlad the Impaler lived was frequently invaded by numerous armies, including Turkish and Hungarian forces. Vlad the Impaler forced everyone in his kingdom to burn the crops and poison wells and destroy everything so the Turks couldn’t get to it. Richer nobles wishing to hide their wealth would bury the treasure instead of destroying it. This would explain why there are treasures buried, maybe even Dracula did it himself so that is why he buried it in front of his

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