Essay on Dracula By Bram Stoker 's Dracula

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Dracula by Bram Stoker illustrates a fearful character that has been manipulated in all kinds of perplexing ways through a range of mediums. Earlier adaptations between 1930-1970, Universal Productions conveyed Dracula as an irrefutably heinous creature, likewise, in Hammer Films (1950-1970) except with further implementations of violence and sex. As times have changed however, we witness Dracula change from a character of abjection and abhor to one with compassion, human becoming in Francis Ford Coppola’s film, Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) and Genndy Tartakovsky’s film, Hotel of Transylvania (2012). However, a more recent Universal Production adaptation, Dracula Untold (2014) may prove otherwise. Overall, with influences of context, Count Dracula undergoes a process of humanisation which reflects the values of society.
In Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula had only existed in the penumbra of the other character’s lime-lights. That being, the production of Dracula’s character relied heavily on the director’s understanding of the novel and his/her duty to produce a suitable Dracula for his/her audience. Consequently, directors had to consider respecting values and customs and recognise the possibility of upsetting their audience with an over-the-top character. The 1930s had been a time where media was confined due to the dominance of religion and sensitivity within the audience. It explains why Universal Productions demonstrated Dracula as emotionless, merciless and essentially -…

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