Literary Monster Of Nightmares : Bram Stoker 's Dracula Essay

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When people think of the infamous Wallachian ruler Vlad III Drăculea, they think of the famous literary monster of nightmares, Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula. Dracula, who has appeared in many media outlets from the big screen of Hollywood to the bright lights of Broadway, is thought by many to have been inspired by the Wallachian Voivode that is better known as Vlad the Impaler. There is, however, little evidence that backs this assumption. In fact, there is actually a lot of evidence that refutes the idea that Stoker drew his inspiration for the Count from Vlad the Impaler, including evidence from Count Dracula himself in Dracula. Vlad the Impaler is not Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula. Vlad III Drăculea, or Dracula in English, was the Voivode of Wallachia, the southern region of what is now Romania. He was born on November 14, 1431 in Sighișoara, Transylvania (“Vlad III the Impaler”). He was the son of Vlad II Dracul, another Voivode of Wallachia. Vlad had three reigns, his second being the one he is most well known for. He is hailed as a Romanian, Slavic, and Christian hero for keeping the Ottomans from spreading Islam further into Europe and defending Wallachia and the rest of modern Romania and parts of modern Bulgaria. His reputation is darker in Western Europe than it is in Eastern Europe as in many stories of Western European origin that are exaggerated propaganda and myths, he is accused of impaling, burning, skinning, roasting, and boiling people, feeding people the…

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