Count Dracula Comparison Essay

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The novel Dracula written by Bram Stoker’s has countless adaptations due to Stoker’s unique construction of the monstrous character Count Dracula. These adaptations include movies, television series, parodies, novels, video games, and comic books. At first impression of the film I thought the director and screen play writer did a satisfactory job alongside keeping the film similar to the original writings, although there are some differences. One of the most prominent character difference was that Lucy’s Mother was not in the film to help her when she is ill, or in the film at all. Dr. Van Helsing swears that the best thing is to provide a blood transfusion on Lucy, although in the novel this is a process that goes on four times but, in the …show more content…
The first time the reader gets a visual of Dracula’s appearance is through Jonathan Harker who is a lawyer and visiting Dracula in Transylvania for a real estate business. Harker describes Count’s appearance as his face being aquiline, with a high bridge thin nose, with a lofty forehead, massive eyebrows, bushy hair, heavy mustache, sharp teeth, with sharp fine finger nails (28). In the film, Dracula had similarities such as the animalistic finger nails but, he did not have the long mustache. In the adaptation when Dracula introduced himself to Jonathan, Dracula walks slow and talks quietly as an elderly man would, also, his face looked as if he was a drug user due to his rough skin texture. With Dracula’s skin texture looking as if he were a drug addict it can be seen as him not receiving any of his own addiction; blood. The film portrays Dracula as a blood addict going through with drawls waiting for his next fix. Whereas in Stoker’s novel Dracula is portrayed as an older man who is enthusiastic towards his guests: “Welcome to my house! Enter freely and of your own will!” (25) Jonathan. This opening statement is playful and welcoming opposed to the movie …show more content…
From reading the description of the castle I imagined a grand estate with fancy eighteenth century décor including a medieval resemblance due to the Johnathan’s comparison of the castle to “a horrible nightmare” (24). Picturing a castle as a nightmare I envision a dark, grand, and chilling estate that feels eerie due to its spaciousness. Although, in the 2006 film adaptation Dracula’s castle looks dirty, cluttered, and overall more like a Halloween haunted mansion in place of a Victorian castle. The overall look of the castle is important when reading a novel or watching a film because it enhances the emotion that the reader or the viewer receives. A castle is commonly symbolized for lordship and protection especially during the eleventh to fourteenth century (Hicks 2009). Symbolism of a castle from a gothic view point is opposite of the feeling protected, but it is the feeling of being trapped, isolated, and being in constant paranoia. The film did capture the gothic castle intuitive although, the castle’s appearance did not coincide with the portrayal of the

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