Analysis Of The Book ' Dracula ' By Wayne Hensley Essay

1336 Words Nov 9th, 2015 6 Pages
The combined pain and pleasure of a vampire’s bite sends a tremor down the victim’s spine and a trail of blood down her neck onto her nightgown. In the article Stoker’s DRACULA by Wayne Hensley, he discuses the omission of the overpowering odor from a vampire has been the reason why vampire narratives have survived. Hensley provides an example of how the smell of the vampire has been omitted or spoken about in a less irritating way to get the audience more interested in vampire narratives. Hensley presented a survey in his article where young American women were presented with various smells in a romantic setting. and the results were that the various smells were noticed by the young women regardless of the environment (90). This finding made Hensley question why Mina and Lucy did not notice the smell when Jonathan express his reaction towards the smell (90). Hensley concludes that the power of the vampire is so strong they were able to be compelled by him to not notice the unpleasant smell (90). Hensley concludes by making clear that modifications have been made in Dracula and the modification resulted in that omission of the smell of the vampire which Hensley affirms was a good idea (90). The odor of the vampire shows what the vampire is capable of doing and how powerful their hypnosis is, and thus increase the attraction and interest of the audience in vampire narratives.
In Stoker’s DRACULA Hensley discussed how the smell of the vampire is is more noticeable by they…

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